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Vincent LAFOURCADE
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Denis PASCAL

Piano

Denis Pascal gives us a Schubert who is dominated, controlled and irreproachable to the letter. One can feel an in-depth work on the scores. The ultimate Sonata D 960 unfolds with finesse, a constant meticulousness in the implementation of nuances, phrasing, and modes of attack. The manner of timbre testifies to the same subtlety. The trills do not dig abysses: everything flows with an astonishing serenity, the word that best suits the French pianist's Schubert.
DIAPASON
Denis Pascal has established himself as one of the most original figures of the French piano, performing in France and around the world as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. His career has developed widely abroad, with numerous appearances in Europe of course, but also in the United States (Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Herbst Theater in San Francisco); in Asia (Arts Center in Seoul, Yokohama Festival with the New Japan Philharmonic). In France, he has conquered audiences in most Parisian venues (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Châtelet, Philharmonie, Maison de la Radio, Théâtre de la Ville, Salle Gaveau, Opéra Garnier), as well as in many international festivals (Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival de Salon-de-Provence, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Lisztomania, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Berlioz Festival, Nohant Festival Chopin).

Keen to maintain a historical awareness of the repertoire, Denis Pascal goes off the beaten track and gives concerts that are both memorable and open to all, rigorously applying a constant ethic both in the Lisztian repertoire and in impressionist music or post-romantic scores. Thus, his collaboration with the orchestra Les Siècles de François-Xavier Roth on the two Chopin concertos has renewed our vision of the sonorities of these emblematic works, culminating in a recording for the Polymnie label that has made history.

Denis Pascal's discography reflects his musical commitments. For example, he has recorded the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt, whose colouristic science and above all expressive force have been unanimously acclaimed by the music press, with a Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Prix de l'Association Française Franz Liszt, and the Classica Recommendation. Among the discographic projects that have received enormous critical acclaim, we should mention as a perfect illustration of Denis Pascal's immense curiosity a monographic disc devoted to Jean Wiener for Sisyphe which was awarded a Diapason d'Or. This recording, completed with new pieces, will be reissued by the La Música label in November 2022. In 2017, the Académie Charles Cros awarded Denis Pascal and clarinettist Jérôme Comte in the category of Instrumental Soloist for their recording of Berg and Brahms.

Denis Pascal recorded for the label La Música the first album of a Schubert triptych published in March 2018. In 2019 he will also record for the same label "Ravel à Gaveau" alongside Aurélien Pascal, Svetlin Roussev and David Lively. In December 2019, the second volume devoted to Schubert will be published for La Música. In December 2022 Denis Pascal's last recording of Satie will be released.

With his two sons Alexandre (violin) and Aurélien Pascal (cello), they form the Pascal Trio, and regularly perform together in numerous venues and festivals. In March 2021 they released a critically acclaimed CD of Schubert's trios on La Música.

A disciple of Pierre Sancan, Denis Pascal studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris also with Jacques Rouvier, Léon Fleisher and György Sándor. Denis Pascal furthered his studies with György Sebök, of whom he was one of the main disciples, at Indiana University in Bloomington. He then toured regularly with the great cellist János Starker. A unanimously appreciated pedagogue, he was appointed professor at the CNSM of Lyon in January 2010, and then in April 2011 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

General management

Vincent LAFOURCADE
vincent@concertsparisiens.fr
+33 (0)1 48 24 16 97
+33 (0)6 68 81 20 08

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