Pascal Devoyon

see also www.pascaldevoyon.com

A prizewinner in many of the top international competitions such as the Viotti, Busoni and Leeds competitions, it was through his achievement as Silver medallist in the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the highest award ever achieved by a French pianist in this prestigious competition, that Pascal Devoyon became known around the world.

Pascal Devoyon has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philhamronic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Tokyo's NHK Symphony and has worked with many great conductors such as Bychkov, Dutoit, Krivine and Sanderling.

Devoyon has given highly acclaimed recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Queen Elisabeth Hall, London. He is invited each season to Japan and performs there in the major halls. His repertoire is extensive and varied; he performs the complete Beethoven sonata cycle, major twentieth century works, such as Bartok and Messiaen and works by contemporary composers.

Chamber music plays an important part in Devoyon's career and his skills are greatly appreciated by international musicians such as the violinists, Dong -Suk Kang and Philippe Graffin, and the cellist, Steven Isserlis. He is regularly invited to chamber music festivals such as the Bath Festival in England and to Graffin's "Consonances" festival in St.Nazaire, France. He is member of the Trio "Vipiace" with Ingolf Turban violin and Tilmann Wick cello.

Pascal Devoyon's recordings include Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto (with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit), the Grieg and Schumann concertos (with the London Philharmonic and Jerzy Maksymiuk), recitals of Ravel, Liszt, Franck and Schumann . He has also recorded chamber works with Steven Isserlis (all Fauré, St Saens, Poulenc...) Dong-Suk Kang (Schubert, Fauré, Honneger...) and with Philippe Graffin , Devoyon has recorded the complete works of Saint-Saëns for violin and piano as well as two discs of Chausson chamber music with Graffin, the Chilingirian Quartet, Gary and Toby Hoffman.
Two recordings have been released in 2004 : Sonate of Pierre de Bréville and Suite of Joseph Canteloube for violin and piano with Philippe Graffin as well as the both Sonatas of Brahms for cello and piano with the german cellist Tilmann Wick.
Some recent projects include:

  • HINDEMITH and MESSIAEN : quartets for violin, cello, clarinet and piano with P.Graffin, C.Carr and C.Neidich.
  • DEBUSSY : Préludes for piano

Since 1999, he is with Dong-Suk Kang artistic director of the festival "MusicAlp" in the french Alpes. This festival is as well one of the biggest Academie in Europe with more than 700 students and 70 professors coming from the major schools of the world.

In 1996 Pascal Devoyon was appointed Professor at the Berlin Universität der Künste following a five year appointment as Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire. Since September 2003, he teaches as well in Geneve. In 2001 he received a prestigious distinction in France and became "Chevalier" in "l'Ordre du mérite".