"The Bechstein pianos allow myself to fully express each of my slightest intentions, making all questions concerning possibilities to let place to the music, giving me the freedom to shape and carve sounds as I please."
Born in 1993 in Saint-Cloud, France, Ingmar Lazar started playing the piano when he was 5. He made his debut at the age of 6 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. At the age of 10, he won the International EPTA Competition in Namur, Belgium, and in 2008, the C.I.M. International Competition in Val d’Isère, France. He received the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the Verbier Festival, Switzerland in 2013, and became laureate of the Safran Foundation for Music, France in 2016. He was invited to perform in the world’s most prestigious halls such as the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Herkulessaal in Munich, International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Romanian Athenaeum, Grand Auditorium of UNESCO headquarters in Paris to name a few, as well as in many festivals including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Colmar International Festival, Dinard International Music Festival, Chopin au Jardin, Festival Chopin in Paris, Festival Les Piano Folies in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Festival 1001 Notes in Limousin, Summer Music Festival in Lourmarin, and Estate Regina Music Festival in Montecatini Terme. He performed under the baton of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, Constantin Adrian Grigore, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Nicolas Krauze, Vladimir Spivakov, and with orchestras such as the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Festival di Chioggia. As a chamber musician, he shares the stage with Alexandre Brussilovsky, Benjamin Herzl, Fedor Rudin, Christoph Seybold, Ekaterina Valiulina, Brieuc Vourch, the Quatuor Hermès, and the Vision String Quartet.
His concerts were broadcast on radio (France Musique, France Inter, SRG SSR - Radio Swiss Classic, RTS - Espace 2, ORF-Ö1, Radio România Muzical) and on television (Mezzo, TF1, M6). He recorded several CDs both as a soloist and in duo with violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky for the Suoni e Colori label. His latest recording of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasie and Sonata D.959 was released in October 2017 on the Lyrinx label, and a Beethoven recital will be released in the autumn of this year on the same label.
A former student of Valery Sigalevitch in Paris, he continued his studies with Vladimir Krainev and Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. Thereafter he attended the International Piano Academy Lake Como and the Conservatory of the Italian Switzerland (Lugano) as a Theo Lieven scholar, where he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, Malcolm Bilson, Fou Ts'ong, and Stanislav Ioudenitch. He currently studies with Pavel Gililov at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Since 2016, Ingmar Lazar has been the founder and artistic director of the Festival du Bruit qui Pense that is based at the National Museum of Port-Royal des Champs, located in the Chevreuse Valley, France.
Photo: © Andrey Klimontov