Debussy - Denis Pascal - Piano
Denis Pascal studied with Pierre Sancan at the Conservatory where in 1384 he gained unanimous first prizes in piano and chamber music, before undertaking further studies ('third cylce-) with Jacques Rouvier, Léon Fleischer and Gyôgy Sandor. Prize- winner in international compétitions in Lisbon, Zurich, the Concert Artist Guild in New-York and the Cziffra, Lavoissier and Menuhin Foundations, he finished his studing with Gyôrgy Sebôk in Bloomington, Indiana, where bc received the Artist Diploma.
He is at present Michel Berrof's assistant at the Paris Conservatory, and bas given solo and chamber music performances in Europe: Palermo , Oveido, Valencia, Alicante, Lisbon; in the USA: Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, merkin Hall (New-York) , Kennedy Center (Washsington); in Paris: Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Châtelet, theâtre Grevin, and in the following prestigious festivals: Nohan, St-Lizier, Saintes, St-Nazaire, Festival d'Ille de france, la Roque d'Anthéron.
As soloist he has appeared with the Lyon and the Bordeaux Orchestras, with Robert Lamarchina in the USA and with the New Japan Philharmonic.
Denis Pascal performs regulary on the radio (notably Radio-France), and Has Taken part in first performances of works by Theirry Escaich, Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Pécou, George Benjamin, Maurice Ohana. He is much sought after by partners such as Janos Starker, or the late Alin Larion with whom he recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas. He ueses his musical qualities, and his thirst for the discovery of unduly neglected works, to great effect both in the standard repertoire and in new music. So it is that he bas recorded the Impressionistic Piano (Debussy, Images ) and (the postromantic composer) Joseph Marx's Complete piano Music in a double CD album well received by the critics.
The piano occupied a very important part in Debussy's work. Although having an excellent mastery of the keyboard, lie left few recollections as pianist. Nevertheless, by the number and the importance of his compositions, lie transformed into depth, the literature and the technique of the piano.