François-Frédéric Guy

Piano

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Dates

22.01. 20:00
Arsenal de Metz

Frédérik Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 2 F minor op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

François-Frédéric Guy, piano
Orkiestra Sinfonia Varsovia

21.02. 20:00
Opéra de Dijon

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 1 in f minor op. 2 no. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major op. 28 "Pastorale"
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"

François-Frédéric Guy, piano

Biography

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. He has also given the premiere of works including Mantovani’s Double Concerto (2012), which he performed with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he gave the South Korean premiere of Tristan Murail’s Le Désenchantement du monde with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the current season, François-Frédéric Guy will continue his focus on Beethoven while also giving numerous appearances in the dual role of soloist and conductor. His acclaimed performances of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, with guest appearances in Washington, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo, Norwich, Metz and Buenos Aires, take him to Tokyo and Seoul this season.

As conductor from behind the piano, François-Frédéric Guy will lead the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Limoges with works by Mozart, Beethoven and the world premiere of the piano concerto Écoumène by Aurélien Dumont, which was composed especially for him. In collaboration with the Sinfonia Varsovia, François-Frédéric Guy expands his play-conduct repertoire with Chopin's Second Piano Concerto and, as conductor, dives into Beethoven's symphonic works. In January 2020, François-Frédéric Guy and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris will ring in the Paris celebrations for the Beethoven Year together, with the complete cycle of piano concertos at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

In addition, François-Frédéric Guy, as a Beethoven specialist, will focus on chamber music in the jubilee year 2020 and, together with musicians such as Tedi Papavrami and Xavier Phillips, will be performing all of the Beethoven trios at the Arsenal de Metz. At the Maison de la Radio Paris, he will perform the first of a series of eight concerts presenting the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas, each played under the auspices of Guy by a young French pianist with their own interpretation of the great composer. Numerous solo recitals will be taking François-Frédéric Guy to the Opéra de Dijon, the Musashino Civic Hall Tokyo, the Kumho Art Hall Seoul as well as the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and La Folle Journée in Nantes.

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

At the heart of his discography is the complete recording of Beethoven's sonatas, released in 2013 on the Zig-Zag Territoires label, which had already released his highly acclaimed Liszt album, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. The complete recording of Beethoven's piano concertos with the Sinfonia Varsovia under François-Frédéric Guy's direction will be released to mark the start of the ‘Beethoven year’ 2020. Together with his chamber music partners Xavier Phillips and Tedi Papavrami he has already released highly acclaimed recordings of Beethoven's cello and violin sonatas. A joint CD with the piano trios is planned for the end of 2020. Evidence Classics also released his new Brahms album with the three piano sonatas in 2017.

2019/20 season

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Recital programmes

Programme I

F. Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude 
C. Debussy Reflets dans l´ eau (Images I)
Tristan Murail Cailloux dans l´ eau (2018)
F. Schubert Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major D 959
or
J. Brahms Sonata No. 3 in F Minor op. 5

Programme II

C. Debussy Préludes Volume 2
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 29 in B Major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
or
Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Programme III

J. Brahms Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
Sonata No. 2 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 2
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in E Flat Major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Programme Trio

Tedi Papavrami (violin), Xavier Phillips (cello)
L.v. Beethoven Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 11 „Gassenhauer“
J. Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101
A. Schönberg Transfigured Night, Op. 4 (for piano, violin and cello, arr. Steuermann)
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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Reviews

LE SOLEIL, Josiane Deslosges, 09.11.16
François Frédéric Guy played from memory with steady hand, with his head often turned towards the orchestra. He seemed to feel every detail of the music with all his being, threading together the febrile, brilliant notes.

Resmusica.com, Jean-Luc Clairet, 24.08.16
The critics will be silenced by these performances of opus numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 10. The sound of Tedi Papavrami (violin) and Xavier Philips’ (cello) instruments were perfectly interwoven with the strong yet serene sound of François Frédéric Guy’s Steinway and the pianist’s own unswerving goodwill. This was an illuminating reincarnation of Beethoven himself, with clearly intelligible lines and accurate phrasing.

Crescendo Magazine, Patrice Lieberman, 23.02.16 (Bruxelles, Flagey, les 20 et 21 février 2016)
François Frédéric Guy showed the scale of his talent in an expected programme played with impressive intelligence and a fierce conviction. (…). In Liszt’s Funérailles Guy’s playing was powerful with a beautiful and full sound and, above all, a remarkably well thought-through interpretation.

Le Soir, Martin Serge, 17.02.2016
François Frédéric Guy made an impression with the force and seriousness of his approach to the great masterworks, and the way he emphasized their architectural greatness.
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.

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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Discography

Beethoven violin

Beethoven: Complete Sonatas For Piano & Violin

François-Frédéric Guy / Tedi Papavrami
Evidence, 2017, EVCD037

BRAHMS: COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS

BRAHMS: COMPLETE PIANOS SONATAS

2 CDs, volume 1
Evidence, 2016

Beethoven: Complete works for violoncello & piano

Beethoven: Complete works for violoncello & piano

Xavier Phillips / François-Frédéric Guy
Evidences, 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

Marc Monnet: IMAGINARY TRAVEL

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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