There hasn’t been a foreign pianist who has caused such a stir since Glenn Gould’s arrival in Moscow in the midst of the Cold War, or Van Cliburn’s victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition.
Olivier Bellamy, Le Huffington Post
Though placed “only” fourth at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in July 2015 Lucas Debargue was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize. Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue is invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls in Russia, France, Italy, the UK, Germany, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea and with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowsky, Andrey Boreyko, Tougan Sokhiev, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Fedoseev,
Lucas Debargue has already released two CDs, the first with works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt et Ravel and the second with works of Bach, Beethoven and Medtner; the third CD with works of Schubert and Szymanowski will be release in October 2017, all with the label of Sony Classical.
Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue was 11 years old when he took his first piano lessons at the Compiègne Conservatory, in the class of Christine Muenier. He got quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire, yet it wasn’t until 10 years later, after he had graduated from Paris Diderot University with a Bachelor’s Art Degree, that he decided to return to studying piano at the professional level.
After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatory in the class of Philippe Tamborini, he was put in touch in 2011 with his current mentor, the celebrated Russian professor Rena Shereshevskaya. This encounter became decisive for Lucas: she quickly recognized in him a piano interpreter with a great future and accepted him in her class at the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot to prepare him for the major international competitions.
During his studies he was supported by the École Normale, the Zaleski Foundation as well as by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Massy and the orchestral ensemble Les voyages extraordinaires. 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 when the world instantly discovered a startling and original new talent.
In parallel with the studies at the École Normale he entered the Paris National Superior Music Conservatory which he left in June 2015 with a Licence Degree. But he never interrupted his his studies at the École Normale: in April 2016 he obtained there a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste with a Special Cortot Prize and at present he continues to do his post-graduate work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the same school.
Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include concerts with the Orchestre National de France at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra at the Berliner Philharmonie, appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and Symphony Center in Chicago as well as tours to cities in Japan (Hiroshima, Tokyo and Osaka), Russia (Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Kazan and Moscow) and Germany (Karlsruhe, Cologne, Essen and Munich).
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, Samuel Maykapar or Nikolai Roslavets. He also composes his own music, and some of his works have already been premiered in Russia as well as in France.