Alexandre Tharaud is now firmly established as a pianist of outstanding international stature.He has acquired a distinctive reputation for his skilfully and personally conceived programming, whether for the concert hall or the recording studio, with his projects around Rameau, Couperin, Bach and Chopin receiving acclaim from critics and audiences around the world.
Alain Lanceron, President of Virgin Classics says: “I am particularly happy that Alexandre Tharaud, one of the most brilliant and original pianists of the new generation, has chosen Virgin Classics to partner him from now on in his splendid career. We are delighted to enter into this collaboration with Alexandre, who in recent years has been thrilling audiences with his talent, creativity and imagination.In recent seasons, Alexandre has performed at such festivals as ‘Piano aux Jacobins’, La Roque d’Anthéron, BBC PROMS, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Sacrum-Profanum in Krakow, Schleswig-Holstein, Rimini, Festival de musique ancienne de Saintes, Printemps de Monte-Carlo and the Festival Verano Musical de Canarías.He will soon make his recital debut at the Köln Philharmonie, the Essen Philharmonie, the South Bank piano series and the Rudolfinum in Prague. He has recently appeared at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Washington Kennedy Centre, Bern Casino, Cité de la Musique, Krakow Philharmonie, and Hoam Art Hall in Seoul. Alexandre is the resident artist of the Opéra de Rouen for the next three years and will soon be touring South Korea and Japan.As a soloist, Alexandre has performed with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Taïwan National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice , Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and, in the coming season, will give concerts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken.Alexandre’s adventurous approach to programming has resulted in a number of commissions and premières; he has toured extensively in Europe with his ‘Hommages à Rameau’ programme, and will première his ‘Hommage à Couperin’ featuring works by the composer with pieces by Gagneux, Pesson, Mâche, Hersant and Lenot at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in May 2008. In October 2006, Alexandre gave the world premiere of Thierry Pécou’s piano concerto, l’Oiseau Innumérable, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.Alexandre Tharaud graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and started his international career in earnest when he won the 2nd Prize at the ARD Competition in Munich.His first recording for Virgin Classics, ‘Journal Intime’ was released in November 2009.It comprises of a number of works by Chopin, whose 200th anniversary was in 2010.
Alain Lanceron, President of Virgin Classics says: “I am particularly happy that Alexandre Tharaud, one of the most brilliant and original pianists of the new generation, has chosen Virgin Classics to partner him from now on in his splendid career. We are delighted to enter into this collaboration with Alexandre, who in recent years has been thrilling audiences with his talent, creativity and imagination.