Dalberto Michel, Beethoven, 4th Piano Concerto
Born in Paris in 1955 into a family with origins in the Dauphiné and the Italian Piedmont, Michel Dalberto began playing the piano at the age of three and a half thanks to his parents who, although not musicians, understood his interest in music very early on. He played in public for the first time at the age of five and a half, and at thirteen joined Vlado Perlemuter's class at the Paris Conservatoire.
At the age of 20, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was unanimously awarded the Clara Haskil Prize. In 1978 he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He was invited to play in most of the European musical centres with some of the most prestigious conductors. The festivals of Lucerne, Florence, Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Grange de Meslay, La Roque d'Anthéron, Newport, Miami, Seattle also invited him.
Since the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been recognised as one of the leading interpreters of Schubert and Mozart. His other favourite composers include Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and all the great French composers.
He is the only living pianist to have performed and recorded the complete piano works of Schubert. Recent recordings include the complete chamber music of Fauré with Renaud Capuçon and the Quatuor Ebène (winner of the German Echo Prize), the Schubert cycles 'Winter Journey' and 'Swan Song' with baritone Stephan Genz.
In October 2018 Warner-Erato released a 17-CD boxed set entitled "The making of a musician", which brings together all his recording activity for Erato, EMI and Virgin, including his recordings with Barbara Hendricks and Jessye Norman.
Between 2015 and 2019 he has made four live recordings of Debussy, Ravel, Franck and Fauré for the Aparté label, all of which have been enthusiastically received.
His first recording for the La Dolce Volta label, made in 2019, is devoted to five of Beethoven's best-known Sonatas and has earned him the title of Artist of the Year 2019 by Classica magazine. His next recordings will be devoted to Franz Liszt (Sonata in B minor, Vallée d'Oberman..) and a clarinet & piano programme with his friend Michel Portal.
He has received numerous awards including the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles-Cros, the Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français, the Diapason d'Or and the Echo Prize in Germany.
A renowned chamber musician, he has played with the world's greatest instrumentalists. In the vocal field, he has collaborated with no less than Barbara Hendricks, Jessye Norman, Sophie Koch, Nathalie Stutzman and Edwin Crossley-Mercer.
For several years now he has acquired experience as a conductor and has led orchestras both in Asia and in Europe.
In parallel to his career, Michel Dalberto was, between 1991 and 2004, artistic director of the Académie-Festival des Arcs (Savoie). From 1991 to 2009, he was President of the jury of the Clara Haskil Competition and is now a member of its organising committee.
With this competition, he founded in 2019 the Clara Haskil Academy which takes place above Vevey and welcomes every two years a few hand-picked students to work with him.
He was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire in September 2011 and has a regular relationship with the Tianjin Conservatoire. He has previously been invited to give masterclasses at the Accademia Pianistica in Imola, the Hochschule in Hanover, the Royal College in Manchester, Seoul University, the Tel Hai International Piano Academy, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art, Toho University in Tokyo and the Lang Lang Piano School in Shenzhen.
In 1996 the Minister of Culture made him a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit in recognition of his artistic activity.
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