Born in Nancy, Romain Descharmes was awarded First Prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2006, leading him to perform recitals on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Tsuda Hall in Tokyo, Forbidden city Hall in Beijing. He has also been awarded prizes at other international competitions (Shanghai, Hamamatsu, Alessandro Casagrande), and has received the support of the Yamaha and Natexis-Banque Populaire foundations. In 2004 he became an affiliate of the Charles Cros Academy.
Romain Descharmes frequently gives recitals in France in mains halls and festivals such as Piano aux Jacobins, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, La Roque d'Anthéron, l'Epau, Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin, Serres d'Auteuil, Nancyphonies… and abroad, including recitals in Italy, Germany, Cervantino festival in Mexico, Arties in India.
He has also participated in numerous broadcasts for television and radio (France Musique, Mezzo, NHK Japan).
He has appeared in concert with orchestras in the USA, the UK, Italy, France, Japan, and China with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Midland Symphony orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic orchestra…
He is also a much sought-after chamber musician. He is renowned for his sensitive playing and has a wide repertoire, which ranges from sonatas to larger ensemble pieces. He has collaborated, amongst others, with Quatuor Ebène, Sarah Nemtanu, Henri Demarquette and the Berliner Quintette. An electic musician, he also plays with the ensemble Quai N°5 on famous french stages like Le Bataclan, La cigale, and recorded 2 discs for Decca-Universal.
Romain Descharmes recorded Brahms pieces for Claudio Records in London.
His last recording of Ravel works was highly praised by the critics (Classica, Gramophone, International Record Review…).
He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he won four first prizes (piano, chamber music, piano accompaniment and vocal accompaniment) while studying with Jacques Rouvier, Christian Ivaldi, Jean Koerner and Anne Grappotte. Later, he continued his studies first with Jacques Rouvier and then Bruno Rigutto, during which time he was awarded a scholarship by the Meyer Foundation for cultural and artistic development, and made a recording of works by early twentieth century composers. For this project he received the advice of Pierre Boulez.
Romain Descharmes teaches the piano at the Paris conservatoire (CRR).
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