For more than 40 years, the legendary Philippe Entremont has pursued a top international career as a pianist and conductor and is unrivalled as one of the most recorded artists of today. During the month of his 85th birthday, he returns to Hong Kong to perform a special all-Beethoven programme with CCOHK as part of the Le French May Arts Festival 2019.
Philippe Entremont is one of the world’s most famous pianists, and one of the most recorded artists in history. Born in Reims in France, he debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 18 playing the piano concertos of Jolivet and Liszt. Throughout his career he has played and recorded with many legendary conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez and Léopold Stokowski, among others. Additionally he has pursued a career as a conductor, and previously held the posts of Music Director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra where he has been given the title of Lifetime Laureate Conductor. In 2015, in conjunction with the École Normale de Musique in Paris, he created the ENSM Chamber Orchestra. Philippe Entremont has served on the juries of the greatest piano competitions in the world including the ARD Music Competition, the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Leeds International Piano Competition. More recently he was appointed President of the Jury of the 2018 Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest. He has been honoured with many prestigious awards including Commander of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the French Ordre of Arts et Lettres, Commander of the French Ordre du Mérite and the Great Cross of Honour in the Order of Merit of Austria. In 2018 Philippe Entremont will give concerts in China, Europe and the USA.