François-Joel Thiollier

Francois-Joel Thiollier is one of today''s most complete pianists and musicians. Franco-American by birth, he has assimilated the best of several cultures; born in Paris, he played his first concert in New York at the age of 5. As a child, he studied in France with Robert Casadesus and distinguished teachers of the Paris Conservatoire. Subsequently, he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School of Music, where he obtained both Bachelor''s and Master''s degrees at the record ages of eighteen and nineteen, with top honours and awards. François-Joel Thiollier won on to 8 "Grand Prix" in international piano competitions, notably the Brussels Queen Elisabeth and the Moscow Tchaikowsky.

Thiollier''s enormous repertoire (80 concerti), his exceptional musical culture and his extraordinary pianistic command are the key to his international success as he now performs concerts in over 30 countries with leading orchestras such as the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hague Residentie Orkest, l''Orchestre de Paris, l''Orchestre National de France, l''Orchestre Philharmonique, the Italian RAI, the Berliner Symphoniker etc. and in famous concert halls, among which the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Teatro Real and the New Auditorium in Madrid, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Milan Teatro alla Scala, the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berliner Philharmonie.

Guest of the Berliner Philharmonie, his interpretation of the Busoni Concert was so hailed by the Berliner Morgenpost: “ Thiollier, a pianist absolutely beyond compare...” After recording 36 LPs, including Scriabin, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms etc., Thiollier has now registered over 30 CDs, among which Rachmaninoff complete Piano Works and Concerto n. 2; Liszt (3 CDs); de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain; D’Indy Symphony on a French Mountain Air; Franck Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns; Debussy Complete Piano Works (Etudes hailed by a Choc de la Musique); Viennese Waltzes (another Choc de la Musique); Gershwin Complete Piano Works; Beethoven very rare and early works; Gouvy Complete Works for Piano and Violin; d’Ollone Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra