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Luxembourg debut of an exceptional artist: Lucas Debargue



Lucas Debargue (pianist) has had what is probably the most extraordinary career. (Crédit Photo: Solistes Européens Luxembourg)

Lucas Debargue (pianist) has had what is probably the most extraordinary career. (Crédit Photo: Solistes Européens Luxembourg)

“Surprise Concert” organised by Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Monday 12th October 2020 at 8 pm, at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Grand Auditorium. The first appearance of Lucas Debargue with a symphony orchestra and a pianist, edited by Christoph König.

In the last few years the exceptionally talented Lucas Debargue has had what is probably the most extraordinary career since Ivo Pogorelich. Leaving aside previous activities as a bar pianist and ballet repetiteur, most outstanding of all was the episode of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. “Considered an outsider, Debargue advanced during the competition, on the strength of his solo recitals, to become... the audience’s favourite. His concert performance in the final round – Debargue’s first appearance with a symphony orchestra – did not convince a majority of the jury. When the official judging was announced, the Russian jury members Boris Berezovsky, Denis Matsuev and Dmitri Bashkirov distanced themselves publicly from the majority decision: they judged Debargue’s performance to be ‘exceptional’ and saw him in one of the top places. Contrary to custom, the event’s patron Valery Gergiev invited Debargue, placed fourth, to take part in the final prize-winners’ concert, in the main concert hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Debargue performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. Gergiev subsequently engaged Debargue for a series of concerts at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. Shortly afterwards, Debargue signed a recording contract with Sony Classical.”

It was with regret that we learned that Marc-André Hamelin was obliged by the current situation to cancel his appearance at our next concert in October. We are all the happier therefore that Lucas Debargue is prepared to replace him in the same programme.

Limited seats available, reservation only at +352 47 08 95-1 or on the website .