A powerful source

Most of my knowledge of the piano repertoire comes from the book ‘Piano Music’ by Guy Sacre, which has been my companion in musical exploration since I was 12. At first, this book seems to be an encyclopedia of the piano repertoire, but it is infinitely more. A sharing of passion for music, for the piano, making connections with literature or painting.

Following this book, and its extraordinarily vivid descriptions, I came across some names I had never seen before: Alkan, Medtner, Lyapunov, Dohnanyi, MacDowell and many more. I discovered those composers simultaneously as I did Chopin or Beethoven, there was no real hierarchy. The first piece I gave a try at the age of 13, was the Symphony for solo piano by Alkan. Over the years, the relationship with the book has grown into a deep friendship with its author.

‘The young pianist established himself with a form of discretion unusual among young artists seeking notoriety. A talent unanimously praised by his peers.’

Le Monde

Context opens up everything

Building a concert programme is like mental gymnastics, there are so many parameters to harmonize. It is always about balance – of the specific characters of the works, their possible and attractive coherence.

There is also a balance between the known and the unknown. I realize, being a listener too, that it is important at the concert to have moments when you ‘recognize’ the music.

As an example, I created a programme about the 1920’s (jazz, light music, chansons, etc.). It makes sense, historically, to surround that programme by dramatic pieces. This was a period of carelessness and prosperity between two crises; the First World War and the financial crash. The concert tells this ‘story’, one which is not exclusively one-sided.

My wife and I manage a small hall in Germany, called Sinngewimmel. We create artistic events for people who, regardless of age or social differences, are united by a sense of curiosity, a wish to discover and a need for beauty. Art, theatre, children’s concerts, collaborations with refugees – there is not limit to the possibilities when creative people come together.

 

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June 20, 2021

Sunday 6:00 pm

Lille, France

Conservatoire

Lille Piano Festival

Works by Chopin and Lyapunov

June 27, 2021

Sunday 6:00 pm

Bruxelles, Belgium

Flagey, Studio 1

Festival Musiq3 / Fratres Trio

Works from Ravel, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller

July 4, 2021

Sunday 2:30 pm

Chapelle de Monty, Belgium

Recital

Works by Chopin and Lyapunov

August 4, 2021

Wednesday 7:00 pm

Champéry, Switzerland

Rencontres musicales de Champéry

Works from Schubert, Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov

August 18, 2021

Wednesday 7:30 pm

Husum, Germany

Schloss vor Husum

Piano Festival Husum

Works from Schubert, Suk, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov

August 22, 2021

Sunday 8:30 pm

Uchaux, France

Château Saint Estève

Festival Liszt en Provence

Works by Schubert, Liszt and Lyapunov

September 10, 2021

Friday 9:30 pm

Albi, France

Cour d'honneur du Palais de la Berbie

Piano au Palais

Program to be determined

November 19, 2021

Friday 8:45 pm

Théâtre du Vésinet, France

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

with Eugene Tzigane and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

November 20, 2021

Saturday 8:30 pm

Rueil-Malmaison, France

Théâtre André Malraux

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

with Eugene Tzigane and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

November 21, 2021

Sunday 4:00 pm

Villejuif, France

Théâtre Romain Rolland

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

with Eugene Tzigane and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

November 22, 2021

Monday 8:30 pm

Paris, France

Cité de la Musique

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

with Eugene Tzigane and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

January 21, 2022

Friday 8:00 pm

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Théâtre Alexandre Dumas

Concert en Laye Majeur

Works by Bach, Brahms, Lyapunov, Rimsky-Korsakov

February 13, 2022

Sunday 8:00 pm

Ahaus, Germany

The sound of the 20s / Fratres Trio

Works from Ravel, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller

February 18, 2022

Friday 8:00 pm

Liège, Belgium

Salle Philarmonique

Franck Variations brillantes & Variations symphoniques

with Pierre Bleuse and Orchestre Philarmonique Royal de Liège

February 20, 2022

Sunday 3:00 pm

Bruxelles, Belgium

Flagey

Franck Variations brillantes & Variations symphoniques

with Pierre Bleuse and Orchestre Philarmonique Royal de Liège

February 21, 2022

Monday 8:15 pm

Turnhout, Belgium

De Warande

Franck Variations brillantes & Variations symphoniques

with Pierre Bleuse and Orchestre Philarmonique Royal de Liège

February 25, 2022

Friday 8:00 pm

Namur, Belgium

Théâtre de Namur

Recital

Program to be determined

May 26, 2022

Thursday 8:00 pm

Mons, Belgium

Arsenal

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.2

with Vahan Mardirossian and Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie