Hailed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “smashing” performer (The Washington Post), “a pianist who breaks the mold” (International Piano) and “who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica), Alain Lefèvre pursues a sparkling career, having performed in over 40 countries, in the most prestigious venues (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Herodes Atticus Theatre, and Epidaurus Theatre), and at numerous international festivals such as Ravinia, Saratoga, Wolf Trap, Athens, Istanbul, and Cervantino.
His dazzling performances are frequently described as “unequalled” (Westdeutsche Zeitung) and “unparalleled” (Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee). Saluted for his “phenomenal technique” (The Spectator), his “sparkling playing resulting in fascinating interpretations” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger), his “sovereign mastery” (Hamburger Abendblatt), Mr. Lefèvre has been guest soloist of great orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre national de France, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, the China Philharmonic, the SWR, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and the Moscow Virtuosi; and he has worked with renowned conductors such as James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, JoAnn Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jacques Lacombe, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Spivakov, and Long Yu. He has revived the music of André Mathieu in concert in New York, Paris, London, Berlin and Shanghai, to name a few.
His discography covers a vast repertoire, from John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto – which BBC Music Magazine considers the reference version – to Chopin’s 24 Preludes, for which critics “celebrate Alain Lefèvre,” placing his interpretation alongside the recordings of the “illustrious” Alicia de Larrocha, Ivan Moravec, and Arthur Rubinstein (Fanfare). He has won numerous prizes, including a JUNO, an Opus, 10 Felix awards (ADISQ), and the AIB Award (London) for “International personality of the year – Radio,” for his radio program broadcast on ICI Musique/Radio-Canada. Alain Lefèvre is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec, and Chevalier of the Pléiade Order.