Hélène Grimaud

From Steinway Piano Gallery of Beverly Hills

Saturday, April 6

Acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud showcases her sparkling virtuosity and insightful musical interpretation from Steinway Piano Gallery of Beverly Hills, marking the commemoration of Steinway & Sons’ 171st Anniversary.


Three Intermezzos, Op. 117

Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109: I. Vivace ma non troppo — Adagio espressivo

Fantasies, Op. 116 (Selections)
IV. Intermezzo in E major
V. Intermezzo in E minor
VI. Intermezzo in E major

Bagatelles I-XIII: Bagatelle II

Program approximately 45 minutes.


Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. Her multiple talents extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and technical control: Grimaud has established herself as a wildlife conservationist, a human rights activist and a writer, her deep dedication to her musical career reflected in and amplified by the scope and depth of her environmental, literary and artistic interests.

She has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002. Her recordings have been critically acclaimed and awarded numerous accolades, among them the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, Diapason d’or, Grand Prix du disque, Record Academy Prize (Tokyo), Midem Classic Award and the Echo Klassik Award.

The pianist’s latest project focuses on her long relationship with the German Romantics, and on the ties that bound both Robert Schumann and his protégé Brahms to pianist-composer Clara Schumann. Grimaud has revisited Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and pairs it on her new album with Brahms’s Op. 117 Intermezzi and his Op. 32 set of songs, in which she is again joined by Konstantin Krimmel. For Clara will be released in September 2023.

Hélène Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence and began her piano studies at the local conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well- received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris: this marked the launch of Grimaud’s musical career, characterised ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors.

A committed chamber musician, she has also performed at the most prestigious festivals and cultural events with a wide range of musical collaborators, including Sol Gabetta, Rolando Villazón, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen, Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham and the Capuçon brothers. Her prodigious contribution to and impact on the world of classical music were recognised by the French government when she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s highest decoration) at the rank of Chevalier (Knight).


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