19 April 2017
"Since Glenn Gould's arrival in Moscow and Van Cliburn's victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition, at the height of the Cold War never has a foreign pianist provoked such a stir."
The Huffington Post
Though placed fourth at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critics’ Prize as a pianist “whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.
Immediately after the competition, he was invited to perform recitals and appear with leading orchestras at the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and China and with such illustrious conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrey Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Spivakov, Gidon Kremer and Vasily Petrenko among others.
SONY CLASSICAL released his first CD featuring works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel, and in September 2016 it released his second CD with works by Bach, Beethoven and Medtner.
Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue began studying the piano at the age of eleven at the Conservatoire de Musique de Compiègne in the class of Christine Meunier. He quickly became fascinated with the virtuoso repertoire, though it was only ten years later, after he had become a holder of a scientific baccalaureate and a Bachelor of Arts degree (from the Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7), that he decided to return to studying piano at a professional level.
Following one year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Tamborini in 2011 he met his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya. This encounter was to prove decisive for Lucas: in him, his professor instantly saw an interpreter of the piano with a great future, and accepted him into her class at the École Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot to prepare him for major international competitions. During his studies he was supported by the École Cortot and the Zaleski Family Foundation. In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the IX Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming a prize-winner at the XV Tchaikovsky International Competition. In parallel with his studies at the École Cortot he obtained a Licence de musique degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Having a passion for literature, painting, films and jazz and being engaged in diverse creative projects, Lucas Debargue is keen to discover rare music (such as Medtner, Roslavets and Maykapar) and to develop highly personal interpretations of a specifically chosen repertoire. He also composes his own music.
In April 2016 he obtained a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste and a special Prix Cortot at the École Cortot, and at present continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya on the post-graduate course at that school.