April 23, 2018

Biography

Acclaimed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “spectacular pianist” (Fanfare), a “smashing performer” (Washington Post), an “artistic winner” (Music Week, London), a “genial talent” (The Gazette), and as “10 of the most agile fingers to have emerged from Quebec…” (Toronto Star), Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre has a sparkling international career, touring repeatedly world-wide, performing to prestigious venues (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Théatre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Herodes Atticus Theatre, Epidavros Theatre…) in recital and with international orchestras and leading conductors.

Saluted by the international press, for his “phenomenal technique” (The Spectator), his “sovereign mastery” (Hamburger Abendblatt), his deep sensitivity and exhilarating personality, Alain Lefèvre is a pianist who “breaks the mold” (International PIANO, London), and most importantly, an artist who “truly stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica).  Some of his interpretations were described as “unparalleled” (Westdeutsche Zeitung), and even unsurpassed “in memory” (Los Angeles Times).

Guest soloist to a number of orchestras, he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the London Mozart Players, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Philharmonie de Lorraine, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony (Washington D.C.), the Orchestra of St-Luke’s, the Houston Symphony, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghaï Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, the SWR in Stuttgart, the Hambürg Symphony, the Oper Komische Orchestra in Berlin, the Stuttgart and Wuppertal Symphonies, the Nuremberg Symphony, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the National Symphony Orchestra of Buenos Aires and the Moscow Virtuosi, to name but a few. He has also worked with renowned conductors such as Matthias Bamert, James Conlon, Franz-Paul Decker, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, JoAnn Falletta, Lawrence Foster, Jacek Kaspszyk, Bernhard Klee, Claus Peter Flor, George Hanson, Jacques Lacombe, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Spivakov, Carl St-Clair, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Long Yu. He also worked with composers Pierre Max Dubois, Walter Boudreau, François Dompierre, Henri Dutilleux and John Corigliano. Besides his participation to numerous International Festivals such as Ravinia, Saratoga, Wolf Trap and Vermont Mozart Festivals in the US, Cervantino in Mexico, Istanbul Festival in Turkey, Athens and Epidaurus in Greece, Lanaudière International Festival, and Mostly Mozart at Notre-Dame Basilica. He performed in more than forty countries worldwide.

He has revived the music of André Mathieu in concert in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Shanghaï… His CD featuring Mathieu’s Piano Concerto No.4, described as “truly a work of genius” (Fanfare), topped the Canadian and American charts when released. His discography covers a vast repertoire, from John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto, considered to be the reference version by BBC Music Magazine, to Chopin’s 24 Preludes, where the critic “celebrates Alain Lefèvre”, placing him alongside with the recordings of the “illustrious” Alicia de Larrocha, Ivan Moravec and Arthur Rubinstein (Fanfare). His recording of the Liszt Transcriptions of works by Bach and Wagner, was chosen as a “ Télérama event” by Télérama and Audiophile Audition asserted this recital to be as “groundbreaking an illumination of Liszt’s transformational art as Gould’s was of Bach’s pure art nearly half a century ago”.  “Rhapsodies“ came highly recommended by BBC Music Magazine as an “essential purchase”, saluting Lefèvre’s “greatest passion and excitement”. His CD featuring the works of Chausson and Mathieu was amongst the Editors’s Choice (Gramophone).

Mr Lefèvre has won numerous prizes, amongst them a JUNO, an Opus, ten Felix (ADISQ) and the AIB Award (London), for “International personality of the year - Radio”, saluting his weekly two hours radio program featuring classical music and broadcasted on ICI Musique/Radio-Canada. He is Officer to the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec and Chevalier of the Pléiade Order.

When not on stage, Alain Lefèvre spends time composing, releasing six titles so far, Lylatov, Carnet de notes, Fidèles Insomnies, Jardin d’Images, Rive Gauche and Sas Agapo. In 2017, he was named Honorary Patron of the Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) for a three-year term.