Patrick Hemmerlé

Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist based in Cambridge.

His primary interest is for the music of the great Austro-German composers, mainly Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert. Patrick has developed a double concert format which allows him to put in perspective Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, the last three Sonatas of Schubert and Beethoven, or the 48 Preludes and Fugues of Bach.

He devotes part of his time to composers who have remained relatively unknown and regularly includes in his concert programmes the works of Novak, Frank Martin, Maurice Emmanuel and many others.

Patrick has released 3 CDs. The first one, Variations on Schumann, put in perspectives Themes and Variations by Schumann, Novak and Brahms. The second one present Novak’s Pan, one of the most important work of Czech piano litterature, seldom heard in the West. Patrick has started a collaboration with the French Label Melism, for whom he has recorded an album of solo piano works by Roger-Ducasse on a C. Bechstein concert grand D 282. His next projects are Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Maurice Emmanuel’s Sonatine.

Patrick also gives lectures on music and also concert-lectures in which the works are discussed as well as played. He has given master classes in both England and France. He was trained in Paris, where he studied at the Conservatoire (CRR) with Billy Eidi winning first prize in 2002. He then continued his studies further, having private lessons with Nadine Wright, Joaquin Soriano, Ventislav Yankov and Eric Heidsieck.

Patrick is laureate of the International Competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Grosseto, Epinal and more recently CFRPM in Paris. He has received prizes for the best interpretation of works by Chopin, Albeniz, Beethoven ( Concerto Prize), Novak, Frank Martin and Tchesnokov.

Photo: © Felix Ardanaz

Roger Ducasse: Piano Works

Roger Ducasse: Piano Works

Deeply impressed by the work of Jean Roger-Ducasse, a French composer who was famous in the early 20th century, Patrick Hemmerlé recorded — on a Bechstein piano — several works by this artist now fallen into oblivion. Talking about this CD released on the Melism label, the young and brilliant pianist stated: “I hope that Roger-Ducasse will one day conquer again the hearts of listeners, and I would be pleased if this album could help underscore the talent of this musician.”

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