If we had to choose just one instrument as a symbol of classical music, it would always be the piano. It’s magical to watch a talented pianist running their fingers up and down the keys of a piano, producing a succession of chords and the most beautiful symphonies.
There are numerous festivals in Beauvais that celebrate music, and Pianoscope is the most recent addition. This event takes place in October every year and each time, a virtuoso pianist is given ‘carte blanche’ to choose talented guests to join them in a daring and always innovative programme of events. The instruments interact with and complement one another, producing surprising improvisations and fantastic blends of styles such as classical and jazz music. There are cinema concerts, workshops to meet the musicians and so much more.
The 17th edition of Pianoscope gives carte blanche to Thomas Enhco, musician-magician-composer, jazz and classical pianist. Not surprisingly, he knows the way to Beauvais, having been invited there three times, by Brigitte Engerer in duo, by Boris Berezovski in trio, and by Kathia Buniastisvili in solo!
After carte blanches with Labèque, Tharaud, Buniatishvili, Angelich and Zygel, he has concocted a program that reflects his career, happily interweaving jazz and classical music. He’ll be introducing us to the talents of the new generation of jazz musicians, as well as La Chica, the piano-vocal shaman. He also invites classical musicians such as pianists Ismaël Margain and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, violinist Sarah Nemtanu and cellist Grégoire Korniluk.
Virtuoso pianist Thomas Enhco will play with fabulous percussionist Vassilena Serafimova, and double bassist Stéphane Kerecki in chamber music. In the final symphonic concert with the Orchestre de Picardie conducted by Johanna Malangré, he will display both his talents as a composer with “Le Murmure des Oiseaux”, and as a classical pianist, as soloist in Ravel’s “Concerto en sol”. Did musical fairies bend over his cradle thirty-five years ago?