David Saliamonas


(english below)

David Saliamonas est, parmi les pianistes de sa génération, l’un des interprètes les plus expres-ifs et l’une des personnalités les plus attachantes. Il se produit en Europe et ailleurs dans le monde (Salle Gaveau, Auditorium di Roma, Lincoln Center de New York, avec l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille, le Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, etc., ainsi qu’en Asie et en Australie). Il pratique aussi la musique de chambre (entre autres avec le clarinettiste Chen Halevi, le violoncelliste Henri Demarquette, les violonistes Jonathan Gandelsman et Guy Braunstein) et accompagne des chanteurs (Denyce Graves, Karen Vourc’h, Laurent Naouri). Dans ses récitals, il présente les œuvres qu’il va interpréter, n’hésitant pas à démonter une œuvre au piano et à utiliser des images simples et des anecdotes amusantes pour se faire mieux comprendre. Le public, habitué ou non des concerts classiques, est ainsi à même d’apprécier au mieux ce qu’il va entendre.

Alex Ross du New Yorker parle de son interprétation « saisissante » du concerto de Grieg, tandis que le London Free Press apprécie sa « technique sans faille et son engagement passionné ». En Italie, la Gazetta del Sud salue « son sens raffiné de l’harmonie ». En France, La Lettre du Musicien note à quel point il s’investit « sans retenue dans la moindre idée musicale, insufflant une vie débordante » aux œuvres qu’il interprète. Enfin, le Stuttgarter Zeitung, au sujet de son interprétation du concerto de Korngold, note qu’ « il faut un pianiste comme David Saliamonas, avec son tonus et sa technique sans faille, pour l’interpréter. Il a un sens remarquable du rubato très particulier qu’exige ce style de musique et, sous ses doigts, cette rhapsodie tourbillonnante se transforme en une composition raffinée d’idées musicales ».

Né à Chicago, il se met tout seul au piano à l’âge de cinq ans. Il est diplômé de la Manhattan School of Music où il est l’élève d’Eugene Istomin. Il a aussi étudié la direction d’orchestre, notamment à Salzbourg et à Budapest avec Yuri Simonov.

David Saliamonas est lauréat de plusieurs concours internationaux dont l’Anderson International Piano Competition (Seattle), le Grand Prix d’Ibla (Italie), ainsi que le Chopin Foundation Prize (New York).

Outre sa carrière de concertiste, David Saliamonas se consacre à divers projets. Il a joué dans le spectacle Le Jardin des Délices de la chorégraphe Blanca Li. Il a composé de la musique pour le cinéma. Enfin, il développe des programmes originaux destinés à l’entreprise pour des sociétés telles que Schneider Electric, ERDF, Novo Nordisk, GDF-Suez….

American pianist David Saliamonas has been hailed as one of the most expressive and individual pianists of his generation.  Critics in the United States and Canada have described him as a “tremendous talent…dazzling” and stated that he “played with great intensity and feeling throughout.”  Called a “splendid musician and virtuoso” by renowned pianist Eugene Istomin and a “wonderful pianist” by conductor Yutaka Sado, David Saliamonas was also praised by the London (Canada) Free Press for his “firm technique that was passionately responsive” and by Italy’s Gazzetta del Sud as having “an exquisite sense of harmony.”  Speaking of his French-premiere 2006 performance of the Korngold Piano Concerto, the La Marseillaise praised his “hair-raising virtuosity and charisma”; while the Stuttgarter Zeitung, writing of his 2009 performance of the same concerto, said that “he has a remarkable feeling for the special timing of this music, that is why under his hand this winding rhapsodic opus became an arrangement of rafinesse and ideas.”

David has performed in cities throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Morocco, China, Japan, and Australia.  Also, he has been featured on radio and television in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Romania, and China.  His live performance of works by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin is regularly broadcast internationally by the music television station Mezzo.

Active as a chamber musician, David Saliamonas has worked with, among many others, the Wild Ginger Chamber Players, singers Denyce Graves, Karen Vourc’h, and Laurent Naouri, clarinetist Chen Halevi, violinists Ittai Shapira, Jonathan Gandelsman, and Guy Braunstein, and cellists Elena Cheah and Henri Demarquette.

On stage, in addition to playing the piano, David Saliamonas usually speaks about the music that he performs.  In an informal yet informative way, he explains various aspects of the music, not hesitating to recount an amusing anecdote or to demonstrate a compositional technique at the keyboard.  This has proven to be very successful with audiences, be they of seasoned concert-goers or of school children little accustomed to listening to classical music.  Not only can these talks help the listener better appreciate the music, but they also lighten what is often perceived to be the staid atmosphere at many concerts of classical music.

It is David’s gift for conveying music to the public that led Harold Bauer, the conductor of the New Philharmonic (Chicago), to write (after performances of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) “David is a communicator – on all levels.  It was wonderful to see his instant rapport with students in a lecture/demonstration.  His ease at the keyboard, his ability to play examples as he talks, his sheer joy in the task all combine to involve the trained and untrained listener.  And as a performer, he certainly communicates!  There were standing ovations at both concerts.”  In a similar vein, the eminent French musicologist and radio personality Gilles Cantagrel wrote about David’s “facility of communication with the listeners.  Mr. Saliamonas marries a perfect technique with the mastery of the music.  His natural, smiling authority and the generosity of his playing immediately conquered the public.”

A native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., David Saliamonas taught himself to play by ear and to improvise at the age of five.  Eventually, his musical education led him to a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.  His teachers have included Eugene Istomin, Robert Goldsand, David Buechner, William Browning, and Ann Schein.  He has also studied conducting, notably in Budapest with Yuri Simonov and in Salzburg with Hans Zender.  After having lived for several years in New York, he currently makes his home in Paris.

Cet artiste a participé rue Paul Fort à :

Un concert avec le violoncelliste Zvi Plesser le 8 février 2019
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Un concert solo le 14 septembre 2014 dans le cadre de l’exposition « Jazz à tous les étages »
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