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Despax, Emmanuel (piano)
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Emmanuel Despax (piano)

‘Poetry fused with breathtaking technical perfection’ and ‘a master colourist with genius-like ability’ is how the brilliant French pianist Emmanuel Despax was described after his acclaimed recitals at the Louvre auditorium in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London. Despax is establishing himself as an artist whose interpretations bring a rare sincerity and imagination to the music. He performs internationally and is regularly broadcast on many radio stations including France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Medici TV.

In his native France, Despax has appeared in prestigious venues such as Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot and the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, and the Festival International des Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence. He performs regularly across Europe and has given recitals at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, the Gasteig Black Box in Munich and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Belgium. UK highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, and the Chipping Campden and Petworth Festivals. A programme of three piano concertos, recorded live at Cadogan Hall, led Gramophone to praise Despax as ‘a formidable talent, fleet of finger, elegant of phrase and a true keyboard colourist’.

Having studied in the UK at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music with Ruth Nye, one of Claudio Arrau’s finest students, Despax draws inspiration from a long tradition of pure artistry and uncompromising commitment to the score. His passion lies in retaining and regaining the true role of a performer, as a faithful vessel for the composer’s message.

Now based in London, Despax has performed with many UK orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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