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Olivier Cazal

Background

French

A student of the great Pierre Sancan, Olivier Cazal entered his piano studio at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of 12.

There, he won first prizes in chamber music and piano (1st of his class with Special Mention).

Following the advice of Mikhaïl Faerman, he then participated in the great international piano competitions, where he found success and won more than thirty prizes, notably winning the Busoni competition, getting the Grand Prix Marguerite Long and being a laureate at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and his performances are applauded by some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Lazar Berman, Lorin Maazel, Martha Argerich, Ivo Pogorelich and Leon Fleigher.

After winning, among others, 1st prizes at the Senigallia, Marsala, Bellini, Cantu, Viotti-Valsesia, Jaen, and Pretoria competitions, he has been performing in more than 50 countries all around the world on every continent, whether in solo recitals, in chamber music ensembles or as a soloist with many different orchestras, including an Australian tour of 15 concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra after winning the People Prize in Sydney International Piano Competition in 1992.

In 2017, he played Rachmaninoff’s 1st Concerto and Prokofiev’s Concerto for left hand with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Georgy Dimitrov, who then invited to play Brahms’ 2nd Concerto at the prestigious Ruse International Festival in March 2018.

After performing at the Busoni Festival as a soloist and being a jury member at the Bolzano International Piano Competition, he was invited by Mario Coppola to be the president of the jury at the new Oleggio International Piano Competition in May 2018.

He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses in Asia, America, Australia and Europe including recently at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Horowitz Summer Music Academy in Kiev.

He will once again be president of the jury at Oleggio and at the Gallineri Piano Competition in November, and will be a Jury member at the next Sydney International Piano Competition in 2020.

He has also been teaching piano at the music Conservatory in Chantilly since 1981.

He has recorded Francis Poulenc’s complete piano works under the Naxos label.