François-Joël Thiollier is one of today’s most complete pianists. Franco-American by birth, he has assimilated the best of several cultures: born in Paris, he played his first concert at the age of five in New York. As a child, he studied in France with Robert Casadesus and distinguished teachers of the Paris Conservatoire. Subsequently, he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School of Music where he obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the record ages of eighteen and nineteen; with top honors and awards in all subjects, both academic and musical.
François-Joël Thiollier went on to win 8 “Grands Prix” in international piano competitions, notably the Brussels Queen Elizabeth and the Moscow Tchaikowsky Prizes.
Thiollier’s enormous repertoire (80 concerti), his exceptional musical culture and his extraordinary pianistic command are the key to his international success. He has given concerts in over 40 countries with leading orchestras such as the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hague Residentie Orkest, l’Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre National de France, l’Orchestre Philharmonique, the Italian RAI, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Thiollier has played in concert halls of international renown, such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Teatro Real and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Milan Scala, the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
His interpretation of the Busoni Concerto at the Berlin Philharmonie was hailed by the Berliner Morgenpost: “Thiollier, a pianist absolutely beyond compare, stunned and fascinated his audience with his incredible technique, polished elegance, impeccable sensitivity of sonorities and last but not least, consummate unstinting musicianship.”
Thiollier has recorded more than 40 LPs, CDs, and DVDs. Among them are the complete works for piano (including the concerti) by Rachmaninoff, the complete Ravel, Debussy and Gershwin piano works.
François-Joël Thiollier was named “Officier des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2003 for his exceptional contribution particularly to French music.