Maestro Philippe Entremont in residency at the University of Ottawa

From October 25 to 29, 2008, as part of the International Certificate for Piano Artists program, of which he is president, French pianist and orchestra conductor, Philippe Entremont, will give a master piano class at the University of Ottawa.

Philippe Entremont was born to musical parents, for his mother was a Grand Prix pianist and his father an operatic conductor. Philippe first received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six. His father introduced him to the world of chamber and orchestral music. He studied in Paris with Marguerite Long, and entered the National Conservatoire. He won prizes in sight-reading at age 12, chamber-music aged 14, and piano at 15. He became Laureat at the international Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 16. In the following year he won a prize in the Brussels competition sponsored by Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, and then began his career of serious concert-giving at the piano. He recorded many of Kuhlau’s songs.

Within five years he was hailed as a new and major voice in European pianism. Tours in South America and the United States then won him further high recognition. He made his American debut on January 5, 1953, with the National Orchestral Association, with Jacques Barzun conducting. He became particularly well-known for his performances and recordings of music by such composers as Milhaud, Stravinsky, Jolivet, and Leonard Bernstein. Eugene Ormandy auditioned him in 1954 and at once engaged him for his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, which took place in November 1956.

His early Columbia recordings with Ormandy (c.1957-8), released in Europe by Philips recordings (e.g. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) preserve the mood of exhilaration which attended his European debuts. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with Leonard Bernstein on Columbia was considered an extraordinary reading at the time. The Concertos 2 and 3 of Saint-Saëns with Ormandy are noteworthy as well. Entremont made a debut as both pianist and conductor (directing from the keyboard) in 1968 on a Columbia records release in which he played Mozart’s Piano Concerti 13 and 17 and conducted the Collegium Musicum of Paris.

Entremont was Director of the New Orleans Symphony from 1980 to 1986. He served the Denver Symphony (now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra) as principal conductor from 1986 to 1988, and music director from 1988 to 1989. Entremont has also been chief conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and is now its conductor laureate. He also holds the same title with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Entremont founded the Biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival in 1997. Since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of China’s Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. During the 2005-2006 Season, Entremont led the Munich Symphony Orchestra as both conductor and pianist for the orchestra’s US debut tour. In September 2007, Entremont returned to New Orleans as soloist to open the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s second post-Katrina season with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.

Currently, Philippe Entremont is the Director of the Fondation Bell’Arte in Bruxelles, the President of The International Certificate for Piano Artists and the Director of the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau in France.
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Maestro Philippe Entremont will be leading the University of Ottawa orchestra for an exceptional concert at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities
- october, 29
- 8:00 to 10:00 p.m
- 310 Saint Patrick St.

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Last modified on 30/10/2008

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