Philippe Entremont

Sturdy technique, magnificent tones, fresh lyricism, supreme music that reaches maturity

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Philippe Entremont

Born in June 1934 in Reims, France, into a musical family with a pianist mother and a violinist and conductor father. At the age of eight, he studied under France's greatest pianist, Marguerite Long, and at the Paris Conservatoire under Jean Doyen.

At the age of 16, he won the 5th prize at the Long-Thibaud International Competition, and at the age of 19, he won the 2nd prize at the same competition again without first prize, and started a remarkable career as a pianist. At the age of 18, he received worldwide attention for his performances of Jolivet's Piano Concerto and Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 at Carnegie Hall (New York).

Since then, he has built a top international career as a pianist, and has also been active as a conductor for the past 30 years. Academy Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, St. Cecilia Conservatory Orchestra, French National Orchestra, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo, Warsaw, NHK Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia, San Francisco, He has performed with orchestras in Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Montreal, with top soloists.

From 1981 to 1986, he was music director of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, and later became music director of the Denver Symphony Orchestra. He was also Principal Conductor of the Dutch Chamber Orchestra until 2002. After serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra for 25 years, he is currently the Lifetime Crowned Conductor of the Vienna Orchestra, and also the Israel Chamber Orchestra after working as Music Director and now the Crowned Conductor.

Founded the Santo Domingo Music Festival in 1997, serving as its artistic director and conductor of the festival orchestra. In October 2004, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and also Principal Guest Conductor of the Cadaques Orchestra. In 2006, he conducted the Super World Orchestra in Tokyo and performed Mozart's Piano Concerto. In addition, he has toured 10 times in the United States and 7 times in Japan with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, toured Asian countries with the Cadaques Orchestra, and recently led the Strasbourg Philharmoniker in Switzerland and Germany. As principal guest conductor and soloist of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, he toured Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Numerous recordings on major labels have won numerous awards. In particular, he has recorded with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, played and released Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux, and two piano concertos with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Mozart. Also released is a recording of Ravel's complete piano works for solo and four hands.

Awarded the Legion of Honor, the Order of Merit, the French Order of Arts and Letters, and the Austrian Cross of Arts and Sciences. President of the Bel'Arte Foundation of Brussels and Director of the American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau, succeeding Nadia Boulanger.

From April to July 2005, he was a lecturer on NHK's "Super Piano Lesson".

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