In a career spanning 25 years, Alexandre Tharaud has become a unique figure in the classical music world and a key exponent of French pianism. His extraordinary discography of over 25 solo albums, most of which received major awards from the music press, features repertoire ranging from Couperin, Bach and Scarlatti, through Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninov to the major 20th century French composers. The breadth of his artistic endeavours is also reflected in collaborations with theatre makers, dancers, choreographers, writers and film makers, as well as with singer-songwriters and musicians outside the realm of classical music.
Alexandre is a sought-after soloist, appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras: upcoming highlights include concerto performances with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lille and Les Violons du Roy. Recent engagements include concerts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Cincinnati Symphony, London Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
This season’s highlights include a solo recital tour in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, an artist residency in Montpellier, a European tour with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and other concerts in London, Vienna, Paris, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Milan and Turin.
Recent premieres include the world premiere of Lazkano’s piano concerto with the Basque National Orchestra, and the UK premiere of Pecou’s piano concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Alexandre is an exclusive recording artist of Erato Records. His most recent album Cinéma was released in October 2022 and is an homage to film scores. Recent recordings include Schubert: Impromptus D899, Moments Musicaux D780, Chanson d’Amour with Sabine Devieilhe and Le Poète du Piano. His discography reflects an eclectic affinity to many musical styles, with recent recordings including Versailles, which pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI, a tribute to singer-songwriter Barbara, a Brahms duo album with Jean-Guihen Queyras (a regular chamber music partner for 20 years), and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Over the course of his career he has made critically acclaimed recordings of Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Italian Concerto, Beethoven’s three final sonatas, Chopin’s 24 Preludes, and Ravel’s complete piano works.
In 2017, Alexandre published Montrez-moi vos mains, an introspective and engaging account of daily life as a pianist. He had previously co-authored Piano Intime, with journalist Nicolas Southon. He is the subject of a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier: Alexandre Tharaud, Le Temps Dérobé, and appeared in the role of the pianist “Alexandre” in Michael Hanneke’s celebrated 2012 film Amour.
In 2021, Alexandre won the Instrumental Soloist of the year award at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.