Following brilliant studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMD) in Paris, where he obtained Premiers Prix in piano and chamber music (in the classes of Yvonne Loriod, Jean Hubeau, Ventsislav Yankoff, and Christian Ivaldi) the year he turned eighteen, Laurent Cabasso went on to advanced study with the great teacher Maria Curcio-Diamand (a disciple of Arthur Schnabel).
After winning prizes at several international competitions (Geza Anda Prize in Zurich in 1982, Tokyo in 1983, finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey in 1987), he embarked on a major international career.
He gives regular recitals and concerts in such centres as Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel), Zurich (Tonhalle), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Geneva (Victoria Hall) and Salzburg (Festspielhaus), and appears at festivals like La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Besançon, and Montpellier, as well as in America and Asia. He has been the guest of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille and Orchestre National de France, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Ferdinand Leitner, Armin Jordan, Tibor Varga, Serge Baudo, Emmanuel Krivine, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, and Ronald Zollman.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is a much admired and sought-after partner and appears regularly in different combinations with some of today’s finest musicians, among them Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Alexandre Tharaud, Gérard Poulet, Raphaël Oleg, Vadim Repin, Gérard Caussé, Pierre Amoyal, Laurent Korcia, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Philippe Bernold, Ariane Granjon, Pascal Moraguès, Mireille Delunsch, Gaëtane Prouvost, Sylvia Marcovici, and the Rosamonde, Sine Nomine, Arpeggione, Enesco and Ardeo quartets.
Laurent Cabasso was chosen by the Festival Chopin in Paris as one of the ten pianists who acted as ‘godfathers’ to the complete cycle of Chopin’s works given to mark the composer’s bicentenary at the event ‘Bon anniversaire, Monsieur Chopin’, held in Chateauroux and Paris in 2010.
His recordings faithfully reflect his approach to music and have always been warmly welcomed. They include programmes devoted to Schumann (Choc du Monde de la Musique, ffff in Télérama), Prokofiev (Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie du Disque Français), Shostakovich/Prokofiev with Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Joker in Crescendo), and Beethoven (chosen by Le Monde as one of the best CDs of the year). Recent distinctions have included a Diapason d’Or for a Liszt recording with the organist Olivier Vernet and a Choc du Monde de la Musique and Diapason d’Or of the year for his participation in Saint-Saëns’s Carnaval des animaux. In 2006 Intégral Classic released the works for violin and piano of Gabriel Pierné, followed in 2008 by those of Louise Farrenc, both with Gaëtane Prouvost.
Laurent Cabasso has been full professor at the Conservatoire National de Région in Strasbourg since 1993 and is also assistant professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.