François-Joël Thiollier is one of today’s most complete pianists and musicians. Franco-American by birth , he has assimilated the best of several cultures : born in Paris, he played his first concert at the age of five in New York. As a child, he studied in France with Robert Casadesus and distinguished teachers of the Paris Conservatoire. Subsequently, he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School of Music where he obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the record ages of eighteen and nineteen ; with top honors and awards in all subjects, both academic and musical. François-Joël Thiollier went on to win 8 « Grands Prix » in international piano competitions , notably the Brussels Queen Elizabeth and the Moscow Tchaikowsky Prizes.
Thiollier’s enormous repertoire (80 concerti), his exceptional musical culture and his extraordinary pianistic command are the key to his international success as he now concertizes in over 40 countries with the leading orchestras such as the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonic ; the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hague Residentie Orkest, l’Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre National de France, l’Orchestre Philharmonique, the Italian Rai, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and etc. in famous concert halls, among which the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Teatro Real and the New Auditorium in Madrid, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Milan Scala, the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
Guest of the Berlin Philharmonie, his interpretation of the Busoni Concerto was hailed by the BerlinerMorgenpost: »Thiollier, a pianist absolutely beyond compare, stunned and fascinated his audience with his incredible technique, polished elegance, impeccable sensitivity of sonorities and last but not least, consummate unstinting musicianship. »
After recording 36 LP’s including Scriabin, Liszt, Mozart and for RCA, Beethoven, Brahms, Romantic Waltzes etc. Thiollier has now over 40 CD’s :
For Thesis-RCA : Rachmaninoff’s Complete Piano Works (a world premiere) - 6 CDs
For Thesis : Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto - Gershwin’s Works for Piano, Liszt (3 CDs) - Russian Anthology and Live Recital.
Rachmaninoff’s Complete Piano Works, republished in 2003 by RCA-BMG
For Kontrapunkt, BUSONI, Piano Concerto
For Black Horse : a Video cassette « The Viennese Waltz »
For Naxos, published in 1994 :Ravel’s Complete Piano Works (world premiere)
RAVEL, Piano Concertos and Manuel de FALLA, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
D’INDY, Symphony on a French Mountain Air - Fauré Ballade op. 19 - Franck, Symphonic Variations. - Franck « Les Djinns » published in 2002.
For « Grave » in 1998 : for GERSHWIN’s centennial the Complete Piano Works and BEETHOVEN , very rare and early works 1782/1783 published in 2000.
For Naxos 1995-2001, DEBUSSY : Complete Piano Works (5 CDs). Volume V, « Etudes » was hailed by a «Choc de la Musique » from the Monde de la Musique in 2001. The same distinction was given to “Viennese Waltzes » published in 2001 (Saphir). In 2003 a world premiere published by K 617, Théodore GOUVY : Complete Works for piano and violin with Jean-Pierre Wallez and another world premiere : Max d’OLLONE :“Fantasy for piano and orchestra” which received a «Choc de la Musique » from the Monde de la Musique and a “Diapason d’or découverte” from the review “Diapason in nov. 2003.
Published by Naxos, SAINT SAËNS :“ Works for piano and cello” with Maria Kliegel.
Published in 2007 two DVDs – (HD) with MOZART’s KammerKonzerte K 413,K 414, K 449 and GERSHWIN: COMPLETE PIANO WORKS for Multigram and Venice Channel (in High definition television). At present he has just registered Onslow’s Quintet with the quatuor Monsolo for Polymnie .
François-Joël Thiollier was named “Officier des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2003.