François-Frédéric Guy



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23.07. 11:30
Opéra de Vichy

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sonata for violin and piano No. 5 in F major, Opus 24
César Franck,  Sonata for violin and piano in A major Op. 120

François-Frédéric Guy, piano
Tedi Papavrami, violin


Rigorous thought, precise ideas, a sense of buildup, mastering the richness of sound and the melody. (…) At this point, one realises that Francois-Frédéric Guy’s work, patience and love for Beethoven have resulted in one of the most convincing recordings of the last years. (Diapason)

François-Frédéric Guy is widely regarded first and foremost as a specialist of the German romantics and above all of Beethoven. In 2008 he embarked on a major Beethoven project that has included recording and performing in concert all of Beethoven’s sonatas and the five piano concertos. He is also a dedicated chamber musician and regularly performs Beethoven’s chamber music for strings and piano with the violinist Tedi Papavrami and the cellist Xavier Phillips. As part of the Beethoven project, he has performed the complete cycle of 32 piano sonatas in Washington, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo and Metz among others, and recently at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte-Saint-André.

In October 2013 the box-set of the live recording of the complete sonatas was released on the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, which had already released François-Frédéric Guy’s highly acclaimed Liszt album containing the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. Further recordings have been published with Naïve Classique. A duo album with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet was released by Chandos in June 2015.

In addition to his admiration for Beethoven – whom he describes as “the Alpha and Omega of music” – François-Frédéric Guy has special affinities with the music of Bartók, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev and a strong commitment to contemporary music with close links to composers such as Ivan Fedele, Marc Monnet, Gérard Pesson, Bruno Mantovani and Hugues Dufourt who dedicated Erlkönig (2006), his masterpiece for piano solo, to him. He also performed the world premiere of Monnet’s En pièces (2007), and of Mantovani’s Double Concerto (2012) with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In October 2013 he gave the Korean premiere of Le Désenchantement du monde by Tristan Murail with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

François-Frédéric Guy is a regular guest with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, San Francisco Symphony and Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich. He has collaborated with world famous conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bernard Haitink, Kazushi Ono, Marc Albrecht, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Lionel Bringuier, 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 (D.C.), 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.

Since his successful debuts in the dual role of soloist and conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and Orchestre d'Avignon, François-Frédéric Guy frequently conducts the complete Beethoven concertos from the piano. He recently performed the entire cycle at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon with the Sinfonia Varsovia, with whom he tours with the same project in the 2015/16 season. In addition, he leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris this autumn. Furthermore, he will perform with the Moscow City Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera Roma, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Staatstheater Kassel Orchestra in the current season. Solo recitals will take him to the Wigmore Hall, Flagey Brussels, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and Salle Gaveau in Paris.

François-Frédéric Guy is Artist in Residence at Metz Arsenal Hall.

2015/16 season

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Recital programmes

Programme I

J. BRAHMS Variations for Piano op. 21 No. 1
J. BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel
L. van BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 29 B-flat major op. 106 Fortepiano

Programme III

Programme II Brahms complete
J. BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 1 C major op. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2 F-sharp minor op. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3 F minor op. 5

Programme IV

Beethoven complete

Programme V

Alexander Scriabin vs. Tristan Murail (*1947)
A. SCRIABIN Sonate No. 9 Op. 68 Messe noire
T. MURAIL (*1947) La Mandragore
A. SCRIABIN Vers la flamme op. 72
T. MURAIL Les travaux et les jours
I. FEDELE Etudes Australes for piano
T. MURAIL La Mandragore
G. BENJAMIN 3 Etudes
H. DUFOURT Erlkönig
Cycle with the complete Beethoven sonatas.
Also available as single concert with selected Beethoven sonatas.
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Orchestral Repertoire

J. S. BACH Piano concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Concertos for multiple pianos
B. BARTÓK Piano concertos No. 1, 2 and 3
L. van BEETHOVEN The five piano concertos
Triple concerto in C major, Op. 56
Phantasy for piano, choir and orchestra in C minor, Op. 80
J. BRAHMS Piano concertos No. 1 and 2
F. CHOPIN Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
I. FEDELE De li Duo Soli et Infiniti Universi, for two pianos and three orchestral groups
F. LISZT Piano concerto No. 2 in A major
B. MANTOVANI Concerto for two pianos
W. A. MOZART Piano concertos KV 271, KV 414, KV 449, KV 466 and KV 467
T. MURAIL Le Désenchantement du monde
L. NONO Como una ola de fuerza y luz, for soprano, piano, orchestra and tape
S. PROKOFIEV Piano concertos No. 2 and 3
S. RACHMANINOV Piano concertos No. 1 and 3
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
M. RAVEL Piano concerto in D major for the left hand
Piano concerto in G major
C. SAINT-SAENS Piano concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103
A. SCHOENBERG Piano concerto Op. 42
A. SCRIABIN Piano concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20
Prometheus, The poem of fire, Op. 60
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The Beethoven Project – the complete Beethoven

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DIAPASON, december 2015, Martine D. Mergeay,
Continuing his Beethoven journey François-Frédéric Guy finds a wonderful companion in Xavier Phillips, with whom he has already performed the composer’s trios. The pianist and cellist share the same clarity of musical language, the same elegance, and same vibrancy: a reference recording of the five sonatas and variations.

RESMUSICA, 05/09/2015, Jean-Luc Clairet
The whole evening is architected by a pianist who gets the balance between authority and reflection just right. Seated with his back to the audience in front of a Steinway with the lid removed, as happy as a child facing the prospect of a toy, a kindly demiurge, François-Frédéric Guy expertly navigates between the piano and conducting the orchestra. Guy from the back, Beethoven from the front, certainly! (…) His indefatigability and almost intimate knowledge of the composer’s intentions, transform what could simply be a performance into an extraordinary inner journey into Beethoven’s thoughts.

LE MONDE, 31/08/2015, Pierre Gervasoni
Very fast, sitting at the piano, he gives the impression of being at one with the ensemble which accompanies him on a journey that was masterfully handled, from serene exploration to festive conquest. The audience rejoices. (…) In this highly modern realm, François-Frédéric Guy is marvellous and ideally serves a music that always goes beyond the horizon that was set.

LE DAUPHINÉ LIBÉRÉ, 29/08/2015, Jean-Luc Coppi
François-Frédéric Guy gives free rein to his sensitivity and virtuosity to offer a sumptuous and stunning version of these concertos to the delighted audience. (…) A well-deserved ovation paid tribute to the artistic and successful performance of this ambitious “Beethoven Project”, enhanced by the talented pianist.

THE GUARDIAN, 14/06/2015, Fiona Maddocks, about the release of the CD “Transcriptions” by Chandos
Bartók’s Two Pictures, Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, all dating from 1910-13 and all linked, are brought to life in the hands of two exceptional French pianists. (…) Bavouzet and his well-matched partner, François-Fréderic Guy, play [with nimble grace, capturing the work's wit and mystery.

BACHTRACK.COM, 02/06/2015, David Pinedo, about Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht
Before the intermission, François-Frédéric Guy romanced the listeners in an epic performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in A major, demonstrating his virtuosity and musical sensitivity to an exhilarated audience. (…) Sheer joy in the looks between the pianist and the conductor [Marc Albrecht] created a contagious energy for the audience. Guy impressed greatly as he sped through Liszt’s fast-paced passages without losing any of his commanding composure. (…) Rarely have I witnessed an audience react so explosively.

LES AFFICHES D'ALSACE ET DE LORRAINE, 20/02/2015, Suzanne Pierron, about Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under M. Nesterowicz
And the pianist took to the stage, playing elegant, light and nimble arabesques, whilst developing the two themes which were presented by the orchestra with delicate, sophisticated and vivid nuances. The soloist’s long cadenza, which had great harmonic and artistic richness, filled the audience with wonder. The Largo, led by the piano and responded to by the orchestra with great serenity, sounded like a tender Lied during which the pianist was able to express his sensitivity in all its refinement.

DER NEUE MERKER, 06/12/2013, John H. Mueller
The excellent piano virtuoso François-Frédéric Guy took to the stage to play Camille Saint-Saëns’ 5th piano concerto (…). In his brilliant performance, he knew how to emphasize the almost salon-like virtuosity of the concerto together with conductor Philippe Jordan, bursting with energy. Guy always remained within the boundaries of good taste though, despite the splendor and technical acrobatics.

DIAPASON, March 2013, Etienne Moreau, about the recording of Beethoven Sonatas for Zig-Zag Territoires
But the highlight of this CD box-set is the trilogy of final sonatas, which he performs with astonishing assurance. Rigorous thought, precise ideas, a sense of buildup, mastering the richness of sound and the melody – he often approaches perfection. The arietta and variations of the opus 111 – the purpose of the journey being both the end of the world and beginning of the universe – can be noted for their remarkable achievement. At this point, one realises that Francois-Frédéric Guy’s work, patience and love for Beethoven have resulted in one of the most convincing recordings of the last years.

WASHINGTON POST, 24/11/2009, Anne Midgette
Rather than bringing the music back to earth, as some players do, Guy let the last bars remain otherworldly, until the sonata evanesced like a soap bubble: a gentle pop, and the whole shining surface was gone.
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2 CDs, volume 1
Evidence classics, 2016

Beethoven: Complete works for violoncello & piano

Beethoven: Complete works for violoncello & piano

Xavier Phillips / François-Frédéric Guy
Evidences Classics, 2015

Transcriptions for two pianists

Transcriptions for two pianists

Claude Debussy: Jeux, Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, Béla Bartók: Two Pictures
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / François-Frédéric Guy
Chandos Records, 2015

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

9 CDs, Box-Set
Zig-Zag Territoires, 2013

Liszt: Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses    Sonata in B minor

Liszt: Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses Sonata in B minor

2 CDs
Zig-Zag Territoires, 2011


François-Frédéric Guy / Thierry Coduys
Zig-Zag Territoires, 2010

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos

François-Frédéric Guy / Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Philippe Jordan
3 CDs, Box-Set
Naïve Classique, 2010

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Hammerklavier, Pathétique, Op. 49 No. 1
Naïve Classique, 2006

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

François-Frédéric Guy / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Paavo Berglund
Naïve Classique, 2004

Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 & 8

Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 & 8

Naïve Classique, 2002

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