August 28, 2012
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Interview with Grimaud
A truly multi-faceted and charismatic artist – for pianist Hélène Grimaud music is a limitless passion. Hélène regularly appears with the most important orchestras in the world, playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker, as well as all the great orchestras in North America. She has performed with three generations of conductors, including Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi, Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi and Andris Nelsons. She was soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2008.
An ardent and committed chamber musician, Hélène Grimaud performs regularly in the most prestigious festivals and cultural capitals with a wide range of collaborators including Thomas Quasthoff, Rolando Villazòn, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen and the Capuçon brothers. In 2009 she performed hugely successful debut recitals in China and Korea and further concerts in Europe. In 2010 she appeared as Artiste Etoile in four concerts at the Lucerne Festival. An international recital tour encompassing Europe, USA and Japan dominated her 2010/11 season with repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bartòk whilst highlights of the 2011/12 season included a five concert residency in Paris, performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the Bayersichen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester and Andris Nelsons and a major European tour performing Ravel Piano Concerto in G with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly.
Highlights this autumn include the opening gala concert at Norway’s new concert hall in Stavanger and performances with both the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in September; solo recitals in Washington, Seattle and Los Angeles; duo recitals with cellist Jan Vogler in Brussels and New York (a wolf center benefit gala) and a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in November performing Brahms Piano Concerto no.2 with concerts in Munich, Paris and Vienna. In December Hélène Grimaud tours with Sol Gabetta to Baden Baden, Lyon, Berlin, Duisburg, Hamburg, Bremen and Bern performing repertoire featured on their new joint album released by Deutsche Grammophon in October.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002, Hélène is one of DG’s most important recording artists with a string of imaginative and highly successful discs. This autumn she releases her “Duo” album with Sol Gabetta featuring the cello sonatas of Schumann, Brahms, Shostakovich and Debussy, recreating the programme of a concert the two artists performed together at the 2011 Gstaad Festival and which the Berner Zeitung described as “Breathtaking”. Her recent 2011 release, Mozart ‘s Piano Concertos No.19 and No.23 with Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks also featured a collaboration with singer Mojca Erdmann on a recording of Mozart’s ’Ch’io mi scordi di te? KV 505’ whilst her 2010 release, the solo recital album Resonances, featured music by Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartok. Previous DG recordings include Bach’s solo and concerto works in which she directed Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen from the keyboard, and a Beethoven disc with Staatskapelle Dresden and Vladimir Jurowski, ‘Reflection’ and ‘Credo’ (both of which feature a number of works linked thematically), and a Chopin and Rachmaninov Sonatas disc. Hélène also features on two recent DVD releases: 2010 ECHOKlassik award winning DVD of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with Vladimir Jurowski and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Hélène Grimaud received the 2012 Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele and in 2009 the Musikfest Bremen Award. She has been appointed ‘Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministère de la Culture in 2002 and ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite’ in 2008. In 2004 she received a ‘Victoire d’honneur’ at the Victoires de la Musique and in 2005 she won the ECHO ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award. Author of two very successful books, “Variations Sauvages” and “Leçons Particulières”, she champions many charitable causes, including the Wolf Conservation Center which she founded in upper New York State in 1999, the International Children’s Camp Villa San Souci, the Worldwide Fund for Nature and Amnesty International.