Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Piano

April 22, 2018, 4 PM

Music Room

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet studied with Pierre Sancan at the Paris Conservatoire. Encouraged at the start of his career by conductors such as Sir Georg Solti and Pierre Boulez, Bavouzet’s playing is a bewitching combination of interpretative imagination and virtuosic technique. His repertoire ranges from the Viennese Classics to Stockhausen, and he has made acclaimed recordings of sonatas by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a distinguished series of the complete piano works by Debussy (1862–1918). To commemorate the centenary of Debussy’s death, Bavouzet’s recital is devoted entirely to the composer’s work, ranging from early works such as Tarentelle styrienne (1890) to Book II of the Préludes (1912–13), a set of 12 pieces that depict moods and images ranging from fog to fireworks—some of Debussy’s most evocative and daring writing for piano.

PROGRAM:

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)   
Ballade slave L. 70

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Nocturne, L. 82

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Tarentelle styrienne (Danse), L. 69

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Images, Book I, L. 110
     Reflets dans l'eau
     Hommage à Rameau
     Mouvement

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Préludes, Book I, L. 117
     La fille au cheveux de lin 
     La cathédrale engloutie 
     Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Préludes, Book II, L. 123
     Brouillards. Modéré, extrêmement égal et léger
     Feuilles mortes. Lent et mélancolique
     La Puerta del Vino. Mouvement de habanera
     Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses. Rapide et léger
     Bruyères Calme - Doucement expressif
     Général Lavine - eccentric. Dans le style et le mouvement d'un Cake-Walk
     La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune. Lent
     Ondine. Scherzando
     Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq. P.P.M.P.C. Grave
     Canope. Très calme et doucement triste
     Les tierces alternées. Modérément animé
     Feux d'artifice. Modérément animé

Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career and regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and NHK Symphony, and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Charles Dutoit, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others.

During the 2016/2017 season, highlights include opening Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s new season, a tour with Les Siécles including a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall and performances with BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Baltimore and Toronto symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and a tour of Japan with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa under Ashkenazy.

Recent performances include his appearance at the BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon as well as concerts with Opernhaus Zürich under Gianandrea Noseda, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, and Gothenburg Symphony where he performed both of Ravel’s piano concertos in one program under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Aspen Music Festival, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra with Ludovic Morlot.

Bavouzet records exclusively for the Chandos label and his recording featuring the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos with BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda won the Concerto category of the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Other recordings include Haydn’s Piano Concertos with Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy, Bartok’s Piano Concerto’s with the BBC Philharmonic and Noseda and Stravinsky’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Yan-Pascal Tortelier. Bavouzet’s recordings have garnered two other Gramophone Awards, two BBC Music Magazine Awards, a Diapason d’Or, and Choc de l’année. Ongoing recording projects include the Beethoven and Haydn Piano Sonata cycles. 

In recital, Bavouzet regularly performs at venues such as The Louvre in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall and has recently collaborated with composer Jörg Widmann in a chamber music project at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. He made a highly successful return to London’s International Piano Series last season and will give recitals in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Europe, and in the UK during the 2016/2017 season.

Bavouzet has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Maurice Ohana, and Bruno Mantovani and is also a champion of lesser-known French music, notably that of Gabriel Pierné and Albéric Magnard. Since January 2017 he has resided as the International Chair in Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music.