„Bechstein grand pianos have a sound of which I have always dreamed.“
Michel Dalberto, born 1955 in Paris, studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris with Vlado Perlemuter. After he had won the 1975 Clara Haskil Competition (whose jury he presides over since 1991) and the 1978 Leeds Competition, he started an international career. Already at the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto collaborated with conductor stars like Frans Brüggen, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Erich Leinsdorf and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Recently, one has been able to hear him accompanied by Daniele Gatti, Kurt Masur and Yuri Temirkanov. After numerous recordings for Denon, EMI and Erato/Warner, since 1997 Michel Dalberto has taped for Sony/BMG a Debussy recital, two Mozart concertos with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under John Nelson, and most recently Liszt's paraphrases of Verdi and Wagner operas. He is professor at the famous Accademia Pianistica d’Imola.Among his hobbies are deep sea diving, skiing and Formula 1 racing. Michel Dalberto has recently played concerts and recorded on Bechstein and thereby determined: "Bechstein grand pianos have a sound of which I have always dreamed."
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