Cerebral and passionate. Words often used by critics to describe pianist Helene Grimaud and her interpretations of Mozart, Liszt and Bartok. Having met her, we would now add: Enchanting. Grimaud looks like a French actress and speaks about her art with an almost child-like wonder. But there's a fierce intelligence at work and her performances provide "a glimpse of the transcendental," as one London reviewer put it.
During a stopover in New York on her current world tour, Grimaud spoke with SOUND TRACKS reporter Alexis Bloom, who notes that the concert pianist "has battled back from illness to play like a titan." Grimaud also took us to visit her Wolf Conservation Center, the other passion in her life.
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Born in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France in 1969, Helene Grimaud describes herself as an agitated and unpredictable child who found her salvation in music. At 13 she was the youngest student at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and made her first recording, a Rachmaninov sonata, when she was only 15. Now on her latest album, "Resonances," Grimaud takes on the challenge of playing Liszt's Sonata in B minor, what she calls "a monumental quest." In New York, at Steinway Hall, Grimaud performed this excerpt for "Quick Hits."
Helene Grimaud's official website…. http://www.helenegrimaud.com/
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