François-Joël Thiollier is one of today’s most complete pianists and musicians. Franco-American by birth, he has assimilated the best of several cultures: born in Paris, he played his first concert at the age of five in New York.
As a child, he studied in France with Robert Casadesus and distinguished teachers of the Paris Conservatoire.
Subsequently, he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School of Music where he obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the unprecedented ages of eighteen and nineteen; with top honours and awards in all subjects, both academic and musical.
François-Joël Thiollier went on to win 8 ” Grands Prix ” in international piano competitions, notably the Brussels Queen Elizabeth and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Prizes.
Thiollier’s enormous repertoire (80 concerti), his exceptional musical culture and his extraordinary pianistic command are the key to his international success as he now concertizes in over 30 countries with the leading orchestras such as the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonics ; the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hague Residentie Orkest, l’Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre National de France, l’Orchestre Philharmonique, the Italian RAI, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, etc. in famous concert halls, among which the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Teatro Real and the New Auditorium in Madrid, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Milan Scala, the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie.
Guest of the Berlin Philharmonie, his interpretation of the Busoni Concerto was hailed by the BerlinerMorgenpost:
“Thiollier, a pianist absolutely beyond compare, stunned and fascinated his audience with his incredible technique, polished elegance, impeccable sensitivity of sonorities and last but not least, consummate unstinting musicianship.”