“This young pianist greatly impressed me with his musical
intelligence, his sensitivity and his mastery of the instrument”
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
A French pianist of Polish origin, Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter is a musician with a varied background and a broad repertoire who has been moulded in the grand tradition of the French, Polish and German piano schools.
His particularly thoughtful and original interpretations cast a new light on the works he plays. A deep and harmonious tone and a technical mastery that allows his music to blossom to the full are the hallmarks of his piano playing.
Following his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris starting at the age of thirteen and where he obtained a first prize for piano and for chamber music, he remained there to take the advanced course.
In 1989 he met Krystian Zimerman who advised and guided him in his choices; it was one of the decisive moments in his musical career.
He then attended the Freiburg Conservatoire in Germany where he was awarded the soloist diploma.
He then decided to perfect his repertoire with some of the great figures in music such as Georgy Sebok at the Banff Institute in Canada, Alexis Weissenberg in Engelberg in Switzerland, Fou T'song, Alicia de Larocha, Andreas Staier and Leon Fleischer during his time at the prestigious International Foundation of Lake Como in Italy.
As the winner of international competitions he was nominated as a Classical Revelation by Adami in 1997 and a Juventus prize-winner in 2002. Maria João Pires also noticed him and invited him to the Lille Piano Festival in 2004.
Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter is now pursuing his soloist career in recitals and with orchestras.
He performs in prestigious concert halls such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Paris Opera, the Musée d’Orsay, the Cité de la Musique, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Dijon Auditorium, the Rouen Opera House, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Grenada and Murcia Auditorium in Spain and in those of Monterrey in Mexico and in numerous festivals such as the Fêtes Romantiques in Nohant, the Lazienki Piano Festival in Warsaw, the Thüringer-Bachwochen in Weimar, the Llao Llao Festival in Argentina and the Byblos Festival in Lebanon…
He plays as a soloist conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Arie Van Beek, Stéphane Cardon, Jean-François Verdier, Peter Gülke, Alain Moglia, Gilbert Amy, Luis Miguel Gonzales, Ramon Shade, Michael Schmidtsdorff and Benjamin Lévy and with countless orchestras in France and abroad, including the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Colonne Orchestra, the Salta Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the Cohauila Camerata, the Camerata Orchestra of Dijon-Bourgogne, the Chamber Music Orchestras of Auvergne, Toulouse...
In his spare time, he takes part in various radio and television programmes: France Culture, France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande, France 3, the BBC and TV Polonia...
He is regularly invited to perform with partners such as David Grimal, Emmanuel Strosser, the Elysée Quartet and Alexandre Tharaud, who says of him "Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter is one of the best pianists of the day. I am fascinated by his interpretation of Bach, Chopin and Debussy."
Forever seeking out new artistic adventures, he also engages in various other projects associating music with literature and works on these with famous actors such as Marie-Christine Barrault and François Morel or he performs alongside dancers in La Dame aux Camélias at the Paris Opera and takes part in impromptu sessions with painters and other artists.
Among other works he has recorded a CD devoted to Chopin and Liszt published by Polskie Nagrania that was selected by Le Monde de la Musique magazine in its 1998 guide to the best recordings, and an album of Haydn’s sonatas, published by Intégral Classic in 2005.
In 2006, the audio book “Monsieur Satie, l'homme qui avait un petit piano dans la tête”, written by Carl Norac for Didier Jeunesse publishing and read by François Morel was awarded the >Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy and the ADAMI Youth Prize.
A recording of Brahms and Dvorak trios made for Hungaroton with the violinist Virginie Robilliard and the Hungarian cellist Péter Szabó, was released by Abeille Musique in May 2010.
Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter is Assistant Artistic Director to Alexandre Tharaud for the Amadeus Festival (Switzerland).