Honorary International Artist-in-Residence
Honorary Professor of Piano
Honored by the revered title of “Steinway Artist” and internationally renowned as a Ravel specialist, Vincent Larderet is considered as one of the leading pianists of the 21st century. His highly praised recordings won a total of 36 awards worldwide! Larderet is the only living French pianist who received this honor. Vincent LARDERET has attracted international recognition for the exceptional intensity of his performances and his highly acclaimed recordings. Praised as an “impressive pianist” (MusicWeb International, UK) for his “very lyrical playing” (Crescendo Magazine, Belgium) and his “multi-timbred” sound (Fanfare, USA), he “makes the piano equal to an orchestra” (Classica, France) with a wide range of “fascinating pianistic colors” (PIANO News, Germany). His very personal and deeply inspired interpretations are often compared to the piano legends such as Michelangeli, Perlemuter, Zimerman and Argerich. The Toronto Star in Canada described : “his playing is remarkable for its ease as well as style. Larderet overcomes with panache”. Nominated for the “International Classical Music Awards” and “Classical Revelation” by Adami winner at MIDEM in Cannes, he is considered as one of the leading French pianists of his generation. Piano Magazine in France declared : “Vincent Larderet compels a colorful, powerful and supremely mastered style. As Larderet aims for expression and touches the heart of music, the piano becomes distinguished, noble, and expressive”.
Vincent Larderet’s eclectic repertoire stretches from Scarlatti to Boulez, who played an important role in romantic period, French music and during the 20th century. He is also ardently favors lesser-known composers such as Scriabin, De Falla, Schmitt and Szymanowski. In 2007 he performed a series of recitals dedicated to Beethoven and especially distinguished himself with the Sonatas “Hammerklavier” Opus 106 and Opus 111. He also participated in the complete live recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas, notably alongside Stephen Kovacevich for the prestige DVD set released by Piano Passion. Internationally renowned as a Ravel specialist, he worked in Paris with Carlos Cebro who passed on to him the stylistic and musical tradition of Vlado Perlemuter and studied Ravel’s works on Perlemuter’s personal scores annotated after his collaboration with the composer. Mr Larderet completed his training at the National Conservatory of Music in Rueil Malmaison where he won the “Virtuosity Prize” and perfected his art at Lübeck’s Musikhochschule in Germany with the famous pianist Bruno-Leonardo Gelber. At the same time, Vincent was a prize-winner in several international piano competitions including Maria Canals in Barcelona, A.M.A. Calabria (in Italy under the jury of Lazar Berman) and Brest. He was also laureate of the “International Orpheum Foundation for young soloists” in Switzerland. When it comes to shaping his interpretations, he is committed to a musicological approach and he studies and analyzes music history.
Vincent Larderet has performed worldwide in recital and concerto at prestigious venues such as Zurich’s Tonhalle, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Ravel’s Concerto in G), Tokyo Toppan Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Potton Hall (UK); and major concert halls in France including the Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Cité de la Musique, the Saint-Eustache church (Beethoven’s Concerto nº4), the Parc du Château de Florans (the 2 Ravel’s Piano Concerti), the Cannes Palais des Festivals and the Juan les Pins Palais des Congrès (Prokoﬁev’s Concerto n°3). Invited to perform at renowned international festivals (including Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Orpheum Music Festival, Festival Pianistico Busoni, Berlioz Festival, Dinard Festival, Boulez Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron and La folle journée), Vincent also appeared in chamber music with distinguished artists including the Debussy Quartet, the cellists Sol Gabetta and Yi-Bing Chu, the pianist Michel Dalberto as well as the West Side Quartet, his group for 2 pianos and percussion. Among the esteemed conductors and orchestras which whom he has collaborated include Salvador Brotons, Daniel Kawka, Eric Lederhandler, Robert Trevino, Giuseppe Cataldo, Pierre-André Valade, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra Simfonica del Valles in Spain, the Czech Virtuosi Symphonic Orchestra, the Ose Symphonic Orchestra and the City Chamber Orchestra of HK.
Moreover, he has served as member of the jury at various international piano competitions, in addition of several Master classes. Regularly invited to perform in Asia, he is appointed in 2014 as “Honorary International Artist-in-Residence” & “Honorary Professor” of the Hong Kong Music and Performing School. A truly dedicated artist, he has given several beneﬁt concerts for humanitarian causes such as Amnesty International and Combating Cystic Fibrosis. His performances have been broadcast on major radio and TV channels such as France 3, France 2, France Musique, Radio Classique, Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Kultur Radio RBB, MDR, WDR (Germany), Radio Nacional d’Espanya, Civil Radio (Hungary), Radio Paris-La Paz (Bolivia), QBS (Quatar), Radio Canada, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Radio New Zealand. His recordings released by ARS Produktion, NAXOS, Chandos and INTEGRAL Classic to outstanding international critical acclaim have won prestigious Awards including the Classica “CHOC”, Diapason 5, Télérama 4 f, Resmusica “CLEF” (France), MusicWeb International “recording of the month” (UK), Klassik Heute “Empfehlung” (Germany), Crescendo Magazine “JOKER” (Belgium), RITMO 4 stars (Spain), and Pizzicato “SUPERSONIC” (Luxembourg). He is also responsible for the major world premiere of Florent Schmitt and Maurice Ravel works. The SACD-CD of the 2 Ravel’s Piano Concertos is praised in 2015 by Fanfare (USA) among “the best recordings of the year” and “the only relevant performance which could exist alongside the reference recordings of Michelangeli and Zimerman” (Klassik Heute). Larderet is also the Co-founder of the “Piano au Musée Würth” international festival in France.