François-Frédéric Guy

François-Frédéric Guy is widely regarded first and foremost as an outstanding interpreter of the German romantics and their forebears. The way he creates musical structure in sound is unrivalled, especially evident in his interpretations of Beethoven, with whom he has a particularly intensive musical relationship. The pianist also has a special affinity with the music of Bartók, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev and a strong commitment to contemporary music.

He has close links to composers such as Ivan Fedele, Marc Monnet, Gérard Pesson, Bruno Mantovani and Hugues Dufourt, who dedicated his masterpiece for solo piano, Erlkönig (2006), to the pianist. In 2012, he premiered Mantovani’s Double Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he gave the South Korean première of Tristan Murail’s Le Désenchantement du Monde with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

This season François-Frédéric Guy continues his focus on Beethoven and is giving numerous appearances in the dual role of soloist and conductor. He resumes performing Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in Seoul, adding to a long list of performances of the cycle, which he already completed in Washington, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo, Norwich, Metz and Buenos Aires. He is also performing the complete cello sonatas with Xavier Phillips in Tokyo at the Musashino Foundation, conducting Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Symphony No 5 as part of his residency with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris – which will also perform Piano Concertos No 3 and 4 under his direction, and performing a complete piano concerto cycle with Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.

As a soloist, this season he is presenting a diverse range of repertoire with orchestras including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Le Concert Olympique, with whom he tours to Berlin and Essen Philharmonies and the Flagey Brussels.

The pianist has been a guest of orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He has collaborated with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas and Kent Nagano. In recital he has performed at the major concert halls in cities including London, Milan, Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Paris, Vienna and Washington, and at festivals including the Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Beethovenfest Bonn, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo and Cheltenham Festival.

François-Frédéric Guy’s extensive discography includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, complete cello sonatas with Xavier Phillips (which was named “Recording of the month” by Gramophone as well as MusicWeb International) and complete violin sonatas with Tedi Papvrami, as well as Brahms’ three piano sonatas and Liszt’s Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses. His project to record the complete Beethoven chamber music works for piano will be completed in the near future with the piano trios.

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