Olivier Gardon

27 July Thursday, 21:00 On Stone - Ancient Stone Quarry

Olivier Gardon
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L.v. Beethoven – Sonata n° 30 op.109 E major
• Vivace ma non troppo — Adagio espressivo
• Prestissimo,
• Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

R. Schumann – Humoreske op. 20
• Einfach (Basit)
• Hastig (Çabuk)
• Einfach und zart (Basit ve narin)
• Innig (İçten)
• Sehr lebhaft (Çok canlı)
• Mit einigem Pomp (Biraz gösterişli)
• Zum Beschluss (Son olarak)


C.Debussy – 6 Preludes (excerpts from the second book)
• Brouillards
• Feuilles mortes
• La puerta del vino
• Ondine
• La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
• Feux d’ artifice


Olivier Gardon

Olivier Gardon was seven years old when he came to the attention of the Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus. He went on to study at the Conservatoire de Nice and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (CNSM) in Paris with Pierre Sancan and Jean Hubeau, and he perfected his skills under the guidance of, Géza Anda, Lili Kraus, György Sebök a Jean Fassina . Olivier Gardon has garnered numerous awards in prestigious international competitions, including the Marguerite Long competition ( Grand Prix 1973), the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1975), the Viotti International Music Competition, Senigallia and the Casella Piano Competition in Naples. 

His first critics hailed him as a “highly colourful artist”  and praised his “elegance, ease and refined touch”  as well as his “strong stage presence, his torrential sensitiveness, his ability to work the keyboard like a sculptor giving shape to living material”. 

Since then, his career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him to all the greatest musical venues of the world ( Théâtre des Champs-Elysées,  Salle Pleyel, and  Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris,  Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Center, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Recital Hall in New York,  Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg,  Bunka Keikan and the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall Osaka,  Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Théâtre Solis in Montevideo) 

He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, Busan Philharmonic orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Karl Münchinger, Ferdinand Leitner, Pierre Dervaux, Uri Segal, Theodor Guschlbauer, David Shallon, Serge Baudo, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Jacques Mercier, Philippe Bender, Jean Pierre Wallez,… 

Olivier Gardon’s discography includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bizet,Debussy, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Milhaud, Schumann, complete piano works by Vierne and complete chamber music by Alkan with Kang Dong Suk and Yvan Chiffoleau (Prix Spécial de la Nouvelle Académie du disque français). 

In 2011, Bärenreiter published the new urtext edition of Vierne’s piano Préludes and Nocturnes revised by Mr. Gardon. Olivier taught piano at the Conservatoire à rayonnement (CRR) de Paris and at the HMTM Hannover. Currently he teaches at the Ecole Normale A. Cortot Paris. 

He is regularly invited to teach master-classes in France, Austria, Germany,Japan, South Korea Turkey, Spain, Italy and the USA.

He has served as a judge at numerous international competitions such as Marguerite Long-Thibaud (France), Cincinnati World Piano Competition (US), Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Georgia), Concurso International de Valencia Iturbi, Hastings piano Competition, International Piano Competition Panama , Epinal 

His students have won numerous first prizes and awards in prestigious International piano compétition including the Concours Marguerite Long, Concours de Genève and Isang Yun competitions.