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Alain Planes, piano
Sat, 12/08/07 (3068 days ago)  
From: 08:00 PM To: 09:00 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live!
(410) 385-2638
Tickets $ 20 general / $ 15 seniors and student


Haydn - Sonata No. 31, en A bemol major
Schubert - Sonata in A Major
Debussy - Estampes
Janacek - Sur un sentier herbeux


Alain PLANÈS, piano

Passionately fond of painting and a great connoisseur of it, a true poetry-lover, Alain Planès has a career just like him : he has always followed the course of live rather than the appeals of demanding and compromising glory.

There is some kind of peculiar blend of both, Proust and Wilde, on him. The first one with regard to time, profound, drifted apart, Schubert like. The other one with regard to certain intellectual dandyism, a sort of subtle cynicism that remains tender all the same. He inherited the fervent humbleness and generosity of spirit from his mother, a painter and music lover herself, who has the soul of an artist. This is what really makes style & rigour is little without any grace.

Planès discovers the piano at the age of five, plays with an orchestra three years later and leaves for the United States once he completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, in order to play music differently : with Pressler, Sebök, Primrose and Starker, with whom he gave numerous concerts in the USA and in Europe. Soloist, chamber music interpreter, accompanist, teacher, he is concerned by many different forms of art. He discovered, among others, the whole classical and contemporary repertoire while playing for two pianos with François Michel, a friend of Stravinsky, and he got acquainted at his home with the great minds of that century like Malraux, Deleuze, Cassandre, and later on, Miro.

Back to France a few years later, he becomes, at Pierre Boulez's request, the pianist soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Their collaboration was pursued until 1981. His thorough work with such eminent composers as Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti or Berio has definitely affirmed the eclectic character of his manner of playing and he has become very much in demand of the leading festivals. He performs notably at La Roque d'Anthéron, in Montreux, at the Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, and in Marlboro, the prestigious festival where he is a regular participant, as he was very close to Rüdolf Serkin.

He has also made numerous recordings for Harmonia Mundi. One can list notably Scarlatti sonatas, Chopin and Debussy preludes, Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven symphonies, and Haydn sonatas - brilliant, awarded by Diapason d'Or and Choc of the Monde de la Musique.

The complete Schubert sonatas, played recently at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, has been hailed by international critics and has been a great success with the public.
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