Lucas Debargue

Lucas Debargue

French pianist Lucas Debargue was revealed by his performances at the XV International Tchaikovsky competition held in Moscow in June 2015. Although he was placed fourth at the final round, he was the only candidate 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 has been invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls : the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Concert Hall and the Philharmony;  Paris’ Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Philharmony; Milan's Conservatory ; London's Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall ; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Munich's Prinzregententheater and Berlin Philharmony; Stockholm’s Konzerthuset; New York's Carnegie Hall; in concert halls of Tokyo, Osaka Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico, , Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul...

He collaborates with famous conductors such as Varely Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yutaka Sado, or Tugan Sokhiev. He also regularly appears in chamber formations with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, and Martin Frost.

Lucas Debargue was born in 1990 and his path to performing art was all but conventional: he began studying piano when he was 11, but soon switched to literature and graduated from Paris Diderot 7 University with a Bachelor's Art degree. Nevertheless he had taken the time to explore most of the piano repertoire on his own during his teens.

He only began the professional piano training when he was 20. It is the meeting with the celebrated piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya in 2011 and the opportunity to join her class at the Paris Cortot Music School (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot) that determined the musical commitment of his life. 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. In April 2016, he obtained his “Diplome Superieur de Concertiste” and a Special Cortot Prize at the Cortot Music School and currently continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the postgraduate department of the same school.

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 interpretations of a carefully selected repertoire. Although 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, Nikolai Roslavets or Milosz Magin. Debargue also composes and performs his own music: he wrote a concertino Orpheo di camera for piano, drums and string orchestra that he performed in Cesis (Latvia) in June 2017 with Kremerata Baltica and a piano Trio which he performed in Paris' Louis Vuitton Foundation in September 2017.

Represented by Sony Classical, Lucas has already released three solo piano recordings: “Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel” (2016), “Bach/ Beethoven/ Medtner” (2016) and “Schubert, Szymanowsky” (2017). In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious German prize “ECHO Klassik”.

During fall 2017, the “Bel-Air Productions” also released a documentary directed by Martin Mirabel, following the pianist right after his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition.