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Lucas Debargue: Bio

"There hasn't been a foreign pianist who has caused such a stir since Glenn Gould's arrival in Moscow in the midst of the Cold War, or Van Cliburn's victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition." Olivier Bellamy, Le Huffington Post Though placed "only" fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015 Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic's Prize as a pianist "whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience". Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue is invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Italy, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea and with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Jurowsky, Andrey Boreyko, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov or Vasily Petrenko. Lucas Debargue has already released two CDs with the label SONY CLASSICAL, the first with works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel (March 2016), the second with works by Bach, Beethoven and Medtner (September 2016). Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue was 11 years old when he took his first piano lessons at the Compiègne Conservatory, in the class of Christine Muenier. He got quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire, yet it wasn't until 10 years later, after he graduated from Paris Diderot University with a Bachelor's Art Degree, that he decided to return to studying piano at the professional level. After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatory in the class of Philippe Tamborini, he was put in touch in 2011 with his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya. This encounter became decisive for Lucas: she quickly recognized in him a piano interpreter with a great future and accepted him in her class at the Alfred Cortot Paris Superior Music School to prepare him for the major international competitions. During his studies he was supported by the Cortot School, the Zaleski Foundation as well as by the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Massy (lead by Dominique Rouits) and the orchestral ensemble "Les voyages extraordinaires" (lead by Joachim Jousse). In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th Tchaikovsky Competition, when the world instantly took note of a startling and original new talent. In parallel with the studies at the Cortot School he obtained a Licence degree at the Paris National Superior Music Conservatory (CNSM). A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration for his playing from literature, painting, cinema, jazz and develops very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though the core piano repertoire is central to his career, Lucas Debargue is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar or Nikolai Roslavets. He also composes his own music, and some of his works have already been premiered in Russia as well as in France. In April 2016 he obtained a "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste" and a Special Cortot Prize at the Cortot School. At present he continues to do post-graduate work with Rena Shereshevskaya.

1 Sonata in E Major, K. 206  
2 Sonata in E Major, K. 531  
3 Sonata in A Major, K. 404  
4 Sonata in A Major, K. 405  
5 Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, K. 447  
6 Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, K. 25  
7 Sonata in A Major, K. 343  
8 Sonata in A Major, K. 113  
9 Sonata in D Major, K. 258  
10 Sonata in D Major, K. 214  
11 Sonata in A Major, K. 211  
12 Sonata in A Major, K. 212  
13 Sonata in A Minor, K. 109  
14 Sonata in F Major, K. 6  
15 Sonata in A Major, K. 268  
16 Sonata in D Major, K. 443  
17 Sonata in D Major, K. 45  
18 Sonata in B Minor, K. 27  
19 Sonata in B Major, K. 244  
20 Sonata in G Major, K. 105  
21 Sonata in G Major, K. 260  
22 Sonata in D Major, K. 491  
23 Sonata in D Major, K. 414  
24 Sonata in D Major, K. 534  
25 Sonata in D Major, K. 535  
26 Sonata in D Minor, K. 32  
27 Sonata in G Major, K. 431  
28 Sonata in G Major, K. 125  
29 Sonata in C Major, K. 308  
30 Sonata in C Major, K. 461  
31 Sonata in G Minor, K. 196  
32 Sonata in G Major, K. 477  
33 Sonata in C Minor, K. 115  
34 Sonata in C Minor, K. 526  
35 Sonata in F Minor, K. 462  
36 Sonata in F Major, K. 438  
37 Sonata in F Major, K. 106  
38 Sonata in F Major, K. 107  
39 Sonata in F Minor, K. 69  
40 Sonata in F Major, K. 468  
41 Sonata in F Major, K. 469  
42 Sonata in C Minor, K. 302  
43 Sonata in C Major, K. 242  
44 Sonata in G Major, K. 521  
45 Sonata in G Major, K. 14  
46 Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 474  
47 Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 253  
48 Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 172  
49 Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 545  
50 Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 192  
51 Sonata in E-Flat Major, K. 193  
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Lucas Debargue breathes new life into the harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and presents works outside the standard piano repertoire.

The Parisian pianist has already climbed the pinnacle of piano artistry with Beethoven, Liszt and Ravel and unleashed full-blown romantic thunderstorms with Schubert's A-minor Piano Sonata no. 14 and the madcap finale of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit.

Now, on his new album, Debargue devotes himself completely to Domenico Scarlatti. He already played four of this Italian master's sonatas on his highly acclaimed début album. Germany's Der Spiegel waxed ecstatic: "Debargue's Scarlatti recalls his mighty predecessors. He displays the subtle touch and feeling once bestowed on these miniatures by Vladimir Horowitz and imparts new sound to Scarlatti's keyboard music. … Debargue touches the outer limits of expression between joylessness and rapture: one may find it overwrought, but it's never less than gripping. And then there's the gentle Glenn Gould touch."

Crossover Media Projects with: Lucas Debargue