After brilliant studies at the Paris Conservatoire, culminating in two First Prize in the classes of Yvonne Loriod and Michel Béroff for piano and Jean Mouillère and Christian Ivaldi for chamber music, Laurent Wagschal received advice from pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Jean-François Heisser and Jean-Claude Pennetier and set out on a career as soloist and chamber musician that has brought him considerable attention. An award-winner of the Groupe Banque Populaire Foundation, he has won numerous international prizes and appeared as soloist with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Solistes de Paris, Poznan- Philharmonic, Orchestra Classica of Moscow and the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra.
Laurent Wagschal regularly appears in prestigious venues (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre Mogador, Musée d’Orsay and Radio France in Paris, Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux, National Music Auditorium in Madrid, Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Osaka Phoenix Hall…) and at numerous festivals (La Roque d’Anthéron, Bagatelle Chopin Festival in Paris, MIDEM in Cannes, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Riom Piano Festival, ‘Heures Musicales du Haut Anjou’, Upper Limousin Festival…).
A chamber music enthusiast, he has played in particular with Nicolas Dautricourt, Svetlin Roussev, Antoine Tamestit, Bertrand Raynaud, Raphaël Perraud, Nicolas Baldeyrou, and musicians from the Orchestre de Paris, Auvergne Orchestra and the Sendai (Japan) Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in the ‘Sorties d’Artistes’ ensemble. His affinities with French music have led him to devote a large place for it in his recordings, jointly with the hopes of helping rarely-played composers to be discovered.
His recordings include Szymanowski’s complete works for violin and piano, with Nicolas Dautricourt, Chausson’s Concert and Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto, with the Orchestre d’Auvergne, and three sonatas for cello and piano by Fauré, Poulenc and Magnard, with Eric-Maria Couturier.