François-Frédéric Guy

Piano

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Dates

14.11. 20:30
Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence

Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Concerto No. 3 C minor, Op. 37
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Piano Concerto No. 4 G major, Op. 58

François-Frédéric Guy, piano
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris

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, who dedicated his masterpiece for solo piano, Erlkönig (2006), to the pianist. 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.

This season François-Frédéric Guy will continue his focus on Beethoven as well as giving numerous appearances in the dual role of soloist and conductor. He will resume 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. Following this, he will give a performance of the complete cello sonatas with Xavier Phillips in Tokyo at the Musashino Foundation.

He will also lead the orchestra from the piano in Beethoven’s piano concertos, which he has performed multiple times as well as recording before taking up the baton to conduct them in concert. This season he will conduct Beethoven’s Triple Concerto as well as the Symphony No. 5 as part of his residency with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, who will also perform the Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 under his direction at the Grand Théâtre de Provence. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife will perform a complete piano concerto cycle with the pianist, and he will also appear in the dual role of pianist/conductor with the orchestra de Limoges et du Limousin with Mozart as well as Beethoven.

As a soloist, François-Frédéric Guy will present a diverse range of repertoire with orchestras including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu and Le Concert Olympique, with whom he will tour to venues including the Berlin and Essen Philharmonies and the Flagey Brussels. He will also make his debut at the French May festival in Hong Kong.

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 Zurich. He has collaborated with world famous conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kazushi Ono, Marc Albrecht, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding, Neeme Järvi, 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, 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.

At the heart of François-Frédéric Guy’s discography is his recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas, which was released in 2013 by Zig-Zag Territoires, who also released his acclaimed Liszt recording Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. He released his first Brahms’s three piano sonatas in 2017 on Evidence Classics. Before that, his recording of Beethoven’s cello sonatas with Xavier Phillips was released to critical acclaim, and was made Recording of the month by Gramophone as well as MusicWeb International. Autumn 2017 will see the release of the Beethoven violin sonatas, recorded with Tedi Papvrami; his project to record the complete Beethoven chamber music works for piano will be completed in the near future by the piano trios.

2017/18 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
Contemporary
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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Reviews

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

BRAHMS: COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS

BRAHMS: COMPLETE PIANOS SONATAS

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

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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