French pianist Lucas Debargue was revealed by his performances at the XV International Tchaikovsky competition held in Moscow in June 2015. Though 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 is 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 Prinzregentstheater 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, and Seoul.
He collaborates with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Yurowski, Andrey Boreyko, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Spivakov... He also regularly appears in chamber formations with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst.
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.
The professional piano training he began only since he was 20. It's the meeting in 2011 with the celebrated piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya 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 then worked one more year with Rena Shereshevskaya at the postgraduate level 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 interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though 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. He also composes and performs his own music: a concertino “Orpheo di camera” for piano, drums and string orchestra was created in Cesis (Latvia) in June 2017 with Kremerata Baltica and a piano Trio was created 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 received a prestigious German prize “ECHO Klassik”.
A documentary directed by Martin Mirabel, following the pianist right after his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition, was released in 2017 by the “Bel-Air Productions”.