ABDEL RAHMAN EL BACHA

Born in Beirut in 1958, Abdel Rahman El Bacha lives in France. At the age of 16 he pursued his piano studies under Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where he obtained four first prizes (for piano, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint). Since his talent was discovered at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1978, he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls around the world. He has played with a variety of orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, and the English Chamber Orchestra. His first disc, devoted to the works of Prokofiev, received the Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy. Since then he has recorded many works (including Bach, Ravel, Schubert, and Schumann) with Forlane, as well as Prokofiev’s five concertos with Fuga Libera. His complete Beethoven sonatas and complete works for solo piano by Chopin have been a great success, both in concert and on CD. His latest CD, dedicated to Prokofiev, has been released by Mirare. Abdel Rahman El Bacha, who was granted double French-Lebanese citizenship in 1981, is also a composer and is master in residence for the piano at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 1998 and was awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre du Mérite by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, the highest distinction of his native country.

 

Born in Beirut in 1958, Abdel Rahman El Bacha lives in France. At the age of 16 he pursued his piano studies under Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where he obtained four first prizes (for piano, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint). Since his talent was discovered at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1978, he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls around the world. He has played with a variety of orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, and the English Chamber Orchestra. His first disc, devoted to the works of Prokofiev, received the Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy. Since then he has recorded many works (including Bach, Ravel, Schubert, and Schumann) with Forlane, as well as Prokofiev’s five concertos with Fuga Libera. His complete Beethoven sonatas and complete works for solo piano by Chopin have been a great success, both in concert and on CD. His latest CD, dedicated to Prokofiev, has been released by Mirare. Abdel Rahman El Bacha, who was granted double French-Lebanese citizenship in 1981, is also a composer and is master in residence for the piano at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 1998 and was awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre du Mérite by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, the highest distinction of his native country.

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