Pierre Amoyal (b. 1949, Paris), is a French violinist. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, graduating at age 12 with a First Prize (in 1961). He then won the Ginette Neveu Prize in 1963, and the Paganini Prize in 1964. At age 17, he traveled to Los Angeles for five years of study with Jascha Heifetz, which culminated in participating in chamber-music recordings with Heifetz. During this time he won the Enescu Prize (1970). He has toured extensively, made numerous recordings and played with many major conductors, such as Sir Georg Solti, with whom he made his European debut at the age of 22, Pierre Boulez, and Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic
He is the artistic director at the Academie de Lausanne. In 2002, he founded the Camerata de Lausanne, a string orchestra. He was made a Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 1985 and promoted to Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite in 1995.
He owns the "Kochanski" Stradivarius of 1717. It was stolen from him in 1987 and recovered in 1991.
- Official website
- Académie Internationale d'Été de Nice profile
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