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Biography

Winner of international competitions, Bertrand Giraud performs as a soloist, in recital and with orchestra, in the greatest concert halls around the globe. A sought-after chamber music partner, he is also a jury member and artistic director of numerous musical events.

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An international career rich in varied experience

From the outset, Bertrand Giraud's career has been marked by diversity. For the pianist, music was a matter of course. So it was only natural for him to embark on a comprehensive training program: music theory, composition, analysis, improvisation, fortepiano and melody. 

 

He is a double graduate of the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Paris and Geneva, where he obtained his piano and chamber music diplomas in 1995 with "Mention Très Bien", in the class of Dominique Merlet.

 

He completed this curriculum with masterclasses with A. Schiff, C. Hellfer, S. Perticaroli, V. Repin, R. Goode and P. Serkin. His encounters with C. Zerah, B. Canino and A. Delle Vigne have played a key role in his artistic development.

 

He has won several national and international competitions:

1995

Flame competition (Paris)

1996

Second prize

Texas Chopin Competition in the U.S.A.

1997

Second prize

Texas Chopin Competition in the U.S.A.

1999

First prize
 

 

Miłosz Magin competition in Italy

His many experiences and the recognition of his talent have led him to perform all over the world.

Bertrand Giraud has had many opportunities on the European continent, and the list of countries in which he has performed is impressive.

  • Andorra

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • England

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Holland

  • Hungary

  • Italy

  • Kosovo

  • Macedonia

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Serbia

  • Spain

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

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Bertrand Giraud is also a regular guest at festivals in France, such as those organized by the Cité de la Musique, Salle Cortot and Musicora, in collaboration with France-Musique. In the course of his career, he has also had the opportunity to perform on Italian and Thai television, where, during a live concert, he was warmly praised by the Queen of Thailand.

A desire to share the music

Bertrand Giraud's encounters have fully developed and forged his current practice. His wide-ranging musical experience makes him a much-appreciated chamber music partner. He has played with Pierre Amoyal, Bruno Canino and Sophie Koch in major concert halls around the world.


A confirmed soloist, he also enjoys performing with orchestras (Lodz Philharmonic, Lublin Phiharmonic, Karlovy Vary, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Sodre Symphony Orchestra, Rosario Provincial Orchestra...). He has also worked with other talented professional musicians such as Messrs Canino, Pasquier, Demarquette, Flammer, Fromanger, Pierlot and Amoyal. He has played with the Octuor de France and with orchestral soloists in various formations.

To find out more about Bertrand Giraud's stage partners, go to the concerts section.

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Marion Leleu, alto

Bertrand Giraud, piano

He has added to the diversity of his engagements by creating new compositions. The latest is Al ver mis horas de fiebre, by Martin Kutnowski. For the occasion, the pianist was joined by Frédéric Chatoux on flute, Alexandre Chabod on clarinet and the Monticelli quartet.

 

In order to link music and pedagogy, he became a Professeur d'enseignement artistique (PEA) by internal promotion in 2017, then was placed on the liste d'aptitude in 2019. Since [...], he has been piano professor at the CRD du Raincy.

 

He also gives masterclasses at major music institutions: Belgrade, Passau, Pristina University of Music in Kosovo, Lebanon Higher Conservatory, Gnessin College in Moscow, Astana (Academy of music/Kazakhstan), DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski Luj Skopje, Yonsei University in Seoul.

A musical vision combining high standards and emotion

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"Bertrand Giraud's exquisitely composed Lisztian program speaks volumes about the preoccupations of an artist whose interpretation bears witness to a strong poetic sense."

Alain Cochard, on the album Récital Franz Liszt.

Throughout his career, Bertrand Giraud has put his intellectual honesty and commitment at the service of demanding programs. Since his debut, he has released 25 CDs for Anima-records, Erol and Maguelone, all to critical acclaim. Keen to promote a wide variety of lesser-known repertoires, he is also keen to offer world premieres of works by lesser-known composers.

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Alfred
Tokayer

Intégrale

1ᵉʳ enregistrement mondial

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Louis Emmanuel
Jadin

Volume 1

Avec Frédéric Chatoux, flûte

Première mondiale

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Louis Emmanuel
Jadin

Volume 2

Avec Frédéric Chatoux, flûte

Première mondiale

Recognition of his work, which combines sensitivity, emotion, quality and high standards, has also opened the doors to national and international competitions, this time not as a participant, but as a member of the jury.

  • 2000: Sydney Competition (pre-selection in Paris)

  • 2003: Marsala Competition

  • 2004-2006: AMA Calabria

  • Since 2005: Concours International Jean Francaix

  • 2005-2010: Shabit Competition (Kazakhstan)

  • 2007: Bitola Competition

  • 2008: Porto Competition

  • 2009: École Normale de Paris

  • 2011: Grosseto Scriabin Competition

  • 2015 : Piatigorsk (Russia)

  • 2015 : Premio Zanfi/Liszt Parma

  • Since 2018: Young Opus

  • 2019: Humberto Quagliata

  • 2019-2020 : AEMC International chamber music competition

  • 2020: Scriabin Competition China (Xiamen)

  • Since 2020: Music Competition Online

  • 2022: Palma D'oro

  • 2023: Premio Mauro Paolo Monopoli

  • Since 2023: Opus Artis

  • 2024: Mozart Akademi in Izmir

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For some of these events, he is also artistic director. He also organizes musical academies to promote the dissemination, sharing and enjoyment of music. 

 

Find out more about Bertrand Giraud's artistic direction.

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