Cédric Tiberghien is a French pianist who has established a truly international career. He has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships.
Performances this season include the London Symphony Orchestra with François-Xavier Roth (Debussy’s Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Messiaen’s Turangalila). He will also undertake an extensive tour to Japan and Korea including solo and duo recitals, the latter with Alina Ibragimova. Their numerous performances this season also include the Pierre Boulez Saal (Berlin) and Wigmore Hall (London). Cédric has a particularly strong relationship with the latter, where he will be performing a total of five times this season, in both solo and duo recital.
During the 2016/17 season Cédric returned to the Cleveland, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras as well as to the BBC Proms in London, performing Saint-Saëns and Franck with Les Siècles. He also had an extensive residency with the Orchestre de Bretagne during which he performed concertos Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn and Mozart (the latter directed from the piano). Other recent collaborations have included the Boston Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. His conductor collaborations have included Karina Canellakis, Myung-Whun Chung, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Edward Gardner, Ludovic Morlot and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Cédric recently presented a major focus on the music of Bartok, culminating in a three-volume exploration of his solo piano works for the Hyperion label which has received huge critical acclaim. His solo discography also includes Szymanowksi Masques & Études Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns (Liège Philharmonic/François-Xavier Roth), Brahms’ Concerto No.1 (BBC Symphony/Bělohlávek), and many recital discs on Harmonia Mundi including repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Debussy. Cédric has been awarded four Diapason d’Or, for his solo recordings on Hyperion.
He is a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and baritone Stéphane Degout. Cédric’s passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina includes complete cycles of music by Schubert, Szymanowski and Mozart (Hyperion) and a Beethoven Sonata cycle (Wigmore Live).
“He seems to have the poise and poetry of Chopin in his blood.”
“The highlight was a fresh and dazzling account of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with the brilliant French pianist Cédric Tiberghien.”
“He made everything in these mercurial scores sound personal, as if his own warring emotions were finding spontaneous expression in the music under his fingers.”
“Finger power, intelligence, heart, the music’s details polished without any loss of the big picture.”
“The Beethoven was some of the best I’d heard all year - structurally sound, with each phrase hitting the bull’s-eye.”
“Cédric Tiberghien can transform from a virtuoso into a magician with an airy touch and a poetic clarity that brings chills to the spine.”