Alain Lefèvre

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Alain Lefèvre, OC CQ (born July 23, 1962 in Poitiers, France) is a French Canadian pianist and composer. He is one of the Québécois pianists who have sold the greatest number of musical recordings.[citation needed]

In 2009, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011.[1]

Hailed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times),[citation needed] a “smashing” performer (Washington Post),[citation needed] “a pianist who breaks the mold” (International Piano)[citation needed]and “who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica),[citation needed] Lefèvre has performed in over forty countries[citation needed] to the most prestigious venues (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Théatre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Herodes Atticus Theatre, Epidaurus Theatre…) and participated to numerous international festivals (Ravinia, Saratoga, Wolf Trap, Athènes, Istanbul, Cervantino…).[citation needed]

His performances were many times[citation needed] described as “unequaled” (Westdeutsche Zeitung) and “unparalleled” (Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee). Saluted for his “phenomenal technique”[citation needed]

(The Spectator), his « sparkling playing resulting in fascinating interpretations »[citation needed] (Kölner Stadt Anzeiger), his “sovereign mastery” (Hamburger Abendblatt), Lefèvre has been guest soloist of great orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, the China Philharmonic, the SWR, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Moscow Virtuosi, (…) and has collaborated with renowned conductors such as James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, JoAnn Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jacques Lacombe, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Spivakov and Long Yu.[citation needed]

Since the beginning of his career, Lefèvre has included, commissioned and battled for the music of our time. Alexander Brott, Walter Boudreau, John Corigliano, François Dompierre, Pierre-Max Dubois, Henri Dutilleux, Alain Payette are but a few of the composers he has added to his core répertoire.  Alain Lefèvre has also championed the music of the forgotten genius, composer and pianist André Mathieu, called the “Canadian Mozart”. He was music director, composer, and pianist for the 2010 motion picture L’Enfant prodige, a film based on André Mathieu’s life, produced by Denise Robert (Cinémaginaire).[citation needed]

His discography covers a vast repertoire, from John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto, considered to be the reference version by BBC Music Magazine, to Chopin’s 24 Preludes, where the critic “celebrates Alain Lefèvre”, placing him alongside with the recordings of the “illustrious” Alicia de Larrocha, Ivan Moravec and Arthur Rubinstein (Fanfare).[citation needed]

Lefèvre has won numerous prizes, amongst them a JUNO, an Opus, ten Felix (ADISQ) and the AIB Award (London), for “International personality of the year - Radio”, saluting his radio program broadcast on ICI Musique/Radio-Canada. He is Officer to the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec, Chevalier of the Pléiade Order and Recipient of the Queen Elisabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Corigliano

Concerto for piano (KOCH International Classics), 1994, KIC-3-7250-2 H1 Alain Lefèvre, Carl St-Clair, Pacific Symphony Orchestra

  • Fandango

Alain Lefèvre (KOCH International Classics), 1996, KIC-CD-7389 Rameau, Scarlatti, Soler (piano)

  • Ballades

Alain Lefèvre (KOCH International Classics), 1996, KIC-3-7411-2 Brahms, Chopin (piano)

  • Le Secret

Alain Lefèvre, Gino Quilico (KOCH International Classics), 1997, KIC-CD-7412 Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Payette (baryton, piano)

  • Confidences Poétiques

Alain Lefèvre (KOCH International Classics), 1998, KIC-3-7434-2H1 Alain Payette

  • Cadenza

Alain Lefèvre (CBC Records), 1999, MVCD 1129 Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Schubert (piano)

  • Lylatov

Alain Lefèvre (Audiogram), 1999, ADCD 10131 Champagne, Ginastera, Lefèvre, Mathieu, Rodgers & Hart, Sancan, Satie (piano)

  • Carnet de notes

Alain Lefèvre (piano), (Audiogram), original works by Alain Lefèvre, 2002, ADCD 10156

  • Mozart

Concerto for piano, No. 23, k. 488, 1999, Réédition ,2002, CBC Records SMCD 5220 Alain Lefèvre, Jean-François Rivest, Orchestre Symphonique de Laval

  • Rachmaninov & Moussorgsky

Alain Lefèvre (Analekta), 2001, FL 2 3122 Moments musicaux, Tableaux d’une Exposition (piano)

  • Liszt : Transcriptions oeuvres de Bach et Wagner

Alain Lefèvre, (Analekta), 2002, FL 2 3179

  • Concertos: Gershwin, Addinsell, Mathieu

Alain Lefèvre, Yoav Talmi, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, (Analekta), 2003, AN 2 9814

  • Hommage à Mathieu

André Mathieu (composer), Alain Lefèvre, (Analekta), 2005, AN 2 9275

  • Fidèles Insomnies – Blissfully Sleepless

Alain Lefèvre (piano), original works by Alain Lefèvre, 2006, AN 2 9276

  • Rhapsodies : Mathieu, Rachmaninov, Gershwin

Alain Lefèvre, Matthias Bamert, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, (Analekta), 2006, AN 2 9277

  • Selected Works: Mathieu, Liszt, Moussorgski, Rachmaninov, Addinsell, Boudreau

Alain Lefèvre, (Analekta), 2007, AN 2 928

  • Montreal Variations – Montreal Jazz Club Session 3

Alain Lefèvre (and others), (Analekta), 2007, AN 2 8833

  • Effusions

Alain Lefèvre piano, Diane Dufresne voice (Disques Présence), 2007, PRESCD – 7116

  • Schubert, Rachmaninov, Dreï Klavierstück, Nine Études-Tableaux

Alain Lefèvre (Analekta), 2008, AN 2 9279

  • Concerto No. 4, Mathieu

Alain Lefèvre, George Hanson, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, (Analekta), 2008, AN 2 9281

  • Franck, Lekeu - Sonatas / Mathieu - Ballade Fantaisie

Alain Lefèvre piano, David Lefèvre violin, (Analekta), 2009, AN 2 9282

  • Concertino & Concertos - Mathieu, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn

Alain Lefèvre, David Lefèvre (violin), Paul Archibald (trumpeter), London Mozart Players (Analekta), 2009, AN 2 9283

  • Jardin d’Images

Alain Lefèvre (piano), original works by (Analekta), 2009, AN 2 9279

  • L’Enfant prodige – The Child Prodigy

André Mathieu (composer), Alain Lefèvre (piano) (Analekta), 2010, AN 2 9284-5

  • Mon Coffret Radio-Canada – Boxset of 4 CD

New release of Fandango, Ballades, Confidences Poétiques, Cadenza (1996-1999) Alain Lefèvre (piano), (Radio-Canada) 2010, SRCCD4 -2366

  • Chausson – Concert

Alain Lefèvre (piano), David Lefèvre (violin), Quatuor Alcan (Analekta), 2011, AN 29286

  • Petit Noël (Christmas songs)

Alain Lefèvre (piano), Quatuor Philippe Dunnigan (Analekta), 2011, AN 29289

  • François Dompierre, 24 Preludes

Alain Lefèvre, (piano) (Analekta), 2012, AN 2 9292- 3

  • Rachmaninov & Scriabine

Alain Lefèvre, Kent Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Analekta), 2012, AN 2 9288

  • Chopin, 24 Preludes

Alain Lefèvre, (piano) (Analekta), 2014, AN 2 9287

  • Rive Gauche

Alain Lefèvre (piano), original works (Analekta), Release date 17 March 2015

  • Rachmaninov & Haydn & Ravel

Alain Lefèvre, (piano) (Analekta), 2015, AN 2 9296

  • Sas Agapo

Alain Lefèvre (piano), original works (Analekta), Release date, October 2016, AN 2 9297

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