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Lucas Debargue at National Sawdust and Carnegie Hall

French pianist Lucas Debargue will debut in New York with two performances: the first on January 22, 2020, at National Sawdust with Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit as the centerpiece, and the second on January 31, 2020, at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

National Sawdust

On January 22, 2020, at National Sawdust, French pianist Lucas Debargue will present works that have a profound personal significance to him: the selection of pieces that catapulted him to success at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition.

Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit was the centerpiece of the recital program that Debargue played at the competition, becoming his signature piece and the perfect vehicle for his highly personal playing style. Debargue will also perform a selection of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, part of his most recent large-scale project: a four-volume, 52-sonata tribute to the 18th-century keyboard luminary, released this season by Sony.

This concert is part of the Brooklyn Falls For France cultural season.

6pm doors • 7pm show

Tickets here.

Carnegie Hall, American Symphony Orchestra

On January 31, 2020, American Symphony Orchestra goes Beyond Beethoven at Carnegie Hall with guest pianist Lucas Debargue. In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the ASO examines how his music inspired others, from Liszt’s fantasia on the “Turkish March” to Spohr’s Beethoven-esque scherzo and Reger’s variations on a bagatelle theme. The ASO also celebrates the 100th anniversary of an often overlooked master of the 20th century, Galina Ustvolskaya. French pianist Lucas Debargue—who makes his Carnegie Hall mainstage and New York City symphonic debut at this performance—is the soloist.

Music director Leon Botstein will provide the musical context for the program in a lively, 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A session, free for all ticket holders, one hour before the concert.

Leon Botstein, Conductor
Lucas Debargue, Piano

8pm •  Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Tickets here.

About Lucas Debargue: 

A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration from literature, painting, cinema, and jazz to develop a very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though the core piano repertoire is central to his career, he is also keen to present works by lesser-known composers like Nikolai Medtner, Nikolai Roslavets, or Milosz Magin. 

He also composes and performs his own music. Orpheo di camera concertino for piano, drums and string orchestra was premiered with Kremerata Baltica in Latvia in 2017. A Piano Trio was created later that year under the auspices of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. 

A Sony recording artist, Lucas Debargue has released three solo albums featuring the music of Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Medtner and Szymanowsky. He collaborated with Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, and Torleif Thedéen on a recording of Messian’s Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. The coming season will be marked by the release of Mr. Debargue’s monumental four-volume tribute to Scarlatti, containing 52 of his sonatas. 

In 2017, Lucas Debaruge was awarded the prestigious German prize “ECHO Klassik.” In the same year, a documentary following the pianist right after his Tchaikovsky Competition breakthrough in 2015 was released by Bel-Air Productions.