Biography

French pianist Tanguy de Williencourt has received the highest accolades from the press in his native country: “a complete musician” (Michel Le Naour, Concertclassic), “pianistic authority and rich colours” (Alain Cochard) while La Croix predicted him to become one of the “future greats of the piano”.

Tanguy has since pursued a very active career, both in France and abroad: Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium du Musée d’Orsay, Maison de Radio France, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Lille, Auditorium de Bordeaux, Grand Théâtre de Provence, St Petersburg Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Bonn Opera, Palazetto Bru-Zane, Folle Journée à Tokyo, and festivals such as Yehudi Menuhin, Gstaad, Chopin, Nohant, Radio France, Montpellier, Pablo Casals, Prades, La Chaise-Dieu, La Vézère, Solistes in Bagatelle, Chorégies in Orange, Abbaye de Royaumont, La Folle Journée in Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron and Lille Piano Festival. In 2017, he was on television for the French classical music awards (Victoires de la Musique Classique).

His discography includes: for Mirare, the complete piano transcriptions by Wagner/Liszt, as well as the complete Beethoven Bagatelles, both of which have been acclaimed by the critics (***** Classica and Diapason). Tanguy de Williencourt has recorded three CDs with cellist Bruno Philippe: Brahms and Schumann for Evidence Classics, Beethoven and Schubert (CD1) and Prokofiev (CD2) for harmonia mundi, who have asked him again to record a Berlioz album with mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac, as well as the CD ‘Debussy: the late works’, which received the BBC Music Magazine Award and the Gramophone Award in 2019. His colloborative CD ‘Salon Proust’, recorded with violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, has been a critical success since its release in March 2021 on the harmonia mundi label: ‘two splendid French musicians…’ notes the New Yorker, which does not fail to note the strong impression the pianist leaves in his performance of the solo piano pieces. The film of the concert at the Philharmonie de Paris will be broadcast on CultureBox until April 2022. Tanguy de Williencourt’s next CD for the Mirare label will include solo and orchestral works by César Franck.

After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in piano, chamber music, accompaniment and vocal coaching, Tanguy de Williencourt has been able to count on the support from both the Blüthner and Banque Populaire Foundations, as well as Prizes from the Société des Arts de Genève, ADAMI (Classical revelation), SPEDIDAM and awarded a Prize at Philharmonie de Paris/Orchestre de Chambre de Paris joint Play-Direct competition, all in 2016. Parallel to this, he had the privilege to work closely with Maria João Pires, Christoph Eschenbach, Stephen Kovacevich and Paul Badura-Skoda.

July 2021

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