„Bechstein grand pianos have a sound of which I have always dreamed.“
Michel Dalberto was born in Paris. At the age of thirteen, he entered Vlado Perlemuter’s class at the Conservatoire and studied there for nine years. During that time, he won the first Mozart Competition in Salzburg, the Clara Haskil Prize and, in 1978, first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
He has since performed under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yuri Temirkanov, as well as at various festivals (Lucerne, with Michael Gielen and Paavo Järvi; Florence, with Rudolf Barschaï; Aix-en-Provence, with Marek Janowski ; Edinburgh ; Wiener Festwochen ; Schleswig-Holstein ; Grange de Meslay ; La Roque d’Anthéron).
A noted chamber musician, Michel Dalberto played in a trio with Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Lynn Harrell, and in duos with Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Henri Demarquette, Truls Mork, Emmanuel Pahud, Vadim Repin and Nikolaj Znaider, as well as with the Ébène and Modigliani quartets.
He is the only contemporary pianist who has recorded all of Schubert’s piano works. The CD with all chamber music pieces by Fauré, which he recorded on a C. Bechstein grand together with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, was awarded the Echo Klassik prize. Among his other music awards are the Diapason d’or, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles-Cros and the Prix de l’Académie du Disque français.
Michel Dalberto was the artistic manager of the Festival des Arcs for fifteen years, and president of the judging panel of the Clara Haskil Competition from 1991 to 2009. He was made Knight of the Ordre National du Mérite for his outstanding musical achievements in 1996.
Photos © Jean Philippe Raibaud and Gérard Proust