“The sound of a Bechstein is always something special for me. It has the warmth, the depth of tone and the brilliance that I love so much.”
French pianist Kim Barbier was born in Paris, the daughter of French-Vietnamese parents, and grew up in Africa and southern France. After completing her diploma and “cycle de perfectionnement” at the Paris Conservatory under Pierre-Laurent Aimard, she studied with Maria Curcio in London. Her other teachers include György Kurtag, Patrick Cohen, Odile Poisson, Theodore Paraskivesco, Leon Fleischer and Ferenc Rados. She extends her special gratitude to the “Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes” and the “Mécénat Banque Société Générale” for her stipends.
Kim Barbier has distinguished herself as a versatile artist who is as much at home with piano concertos as with the chamber music repertoire. The orchestras with which she has performed in recent years include the Orquesta de Valencia, Estonian National Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the New Chamber Orchestra of Potsdam, together with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Robin Ticciati, Dorian Wilson, Fabien Gabel, Yaron Traub, Stanley Dodds, etc… She has been a guest soloist in world-renowned concert halls such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Beijing Concert Hall and the Palau de la Musica in Valencia. She has been represented at international festivals including the Festival International de Menton, Festival Musique à l´Emperi in Salon de Provence, the Island Festival in Hombroich, Rolandseck Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Kim Barbier is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has already concertised with musicians such as Sol Gabetta, Emmanuel Pahud, Antoine Tamestit, Guy Braunstein, David Geringas, Sharon Kam, Paul Meyer and the Scharoun Ensemble of Berlin. She is a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet together with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Their second CD with Mozart, Mahler and Schumann has just been released with RCA/ Sony Classical and has been acclaimed and awarded by the international press.