Pascal Devoyon

Hon ARAM

Piano - Broadwood Visiting Chair of Piano

Artistic Director of MusicAlp festival

Prizewinner in Viotti, Leeds and Busoni competitions

A prizewinner in many of the top international competitions such as the Viotti, Busoni and Leeds competitions, it was through his achievement as Silver medallist in the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the highest award ever achieved by a French pianist in this prestigious competition, that Pascal became known around the world.

Pascal has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Tokyo's NHK Symphony and has worked with many great conductors such as Bychkov, Dutoit, Krivine and Sanderling.

He has given highly acclaimed recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Queen Elisabeth Hall, London. He is invited each season to Japan and performs there in the major halls. His repertoire is extensive and varied; he performs the complete Beethoven sonata cycle, major 20th century works, such as Bartok and Messiaen and works by contemporary composers.

Chamber music plays an important part in Pascal's career and his skills are greatly appreciated by international musicians such as the violinists, Dong -Suk Kang and Philippe Graffin, and the cellists, Steven Isserlis and Tilmann Wick. He is regularly invited to chamber music festivals such as the Bath Festival in England and to Graffin's Consonances festival in St. Nazaire, France.

Pascal's recordings include Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto (with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit), the Grieg and Schumann concertos (with the London Philharmonic and Jerzy Maksymiuk), recitals of Ravel, Liszt, Franck and Schumann. He has also recorded chamber works with Steven Isserlis (all Fauré, St Saens, Poulenc), Dong-Suk Kang (Schubert, Fauré, Honneger) and with Philippe Graffin. He has also recorded the complete works of Saint-Saëns for violin and piano as well as two discs of Chausson chamber music with Graffin, Gary and Toby Hoffman, and the Chilingirian Quartet.

Two recordings were released in 2004: Sonate of Pierre de Bréville and Suite of Joseph Canteloube for violin and piano with Philippe Graffin as well as both of Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano with German cellist Tilmann Wick. 2005 saw the release of Quartet pour la fin du temps of Messiaen and Hindemith with P. Graffin (violin), C. Carr (cello) and C. Neidich (clarinet). In 2006, he released Martinu's three sonatas for cello and piano with T. Wick.
Since 1999, Pascal has worked with Dong-Suk Kang as Artistic Director of festival MusicAlp in the French Alps, which is also one of the biggest academies in Europe, with more than 700 students and 70 professors from major international conservatoires studying and working there.

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