Voted 'Revelation: Solo Instrumentalist' at the Victoires de la Musique 2005, Pascal Amoyel has for several years now confirmed his position as one of the personalities of French piano.
His previous recordings were unanimously acclaimed by the press and earned him numerous distinctions, including the prestigious international Cannes Classical Award.
His complete recording of Chopin's Nocturnes has been described as 'a miracle: quite simply an ideal version (…) that we listen to in amazement, floating on air, enchanted in the strongest sense of the word by such beauty...' (Classica).
Born in 1971, Pascal Amoyel showed a gift for improvisation and for the piano from a very early age, even before he began to take music lessons. He took up music at the age of ten, when he entered the Paris École Normale de Musique, where he obtained a 'licence de concert'.
After a baccalauréat in the sciences at the age of seventeen, he devoted himself entirely to music.
He entered the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) in the class of Jacques Rouvier and Pascal Devoyon, where he was awarded premiers prix for piano and chamber music in 1992. The same year he also received awards from the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations, and went on to win first prize in the Paris International Competition for Young Pianists.
He also took advanced classes with great masters including Lazar Berman, Aldo Ciccolini, Pierre Sancan and Charles Rosen.
As a young teenager he met György Cziffra and spent several years working with him in France and Hungary, an experience that made a very deep impression on him. Moreover, he is now regarded as one of Cziffra's spiritual heirs.
Pascal Amoyel likes to approach repertoires that are rarely performed or of a mystical nature, and he is interested in creating new concert forms, notably with the actor Jean Piat.
He gives recitals in Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan, and appears as a soloist with various major orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris (DVD recording at the Victoires de la Musique), the National Orchestras of Lille, Montpellier, Ile de France, Auvergne, the National Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra...
Since 1999 he has appeared regularly in duet with the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand. Their recordings together have received the highest awards from the specialised press (Diapason d'Or, 'Choc' du Monde de la Musique, 10/10 de Classica, etc.).
As a composer, Pascal Amoyel's works include the cycle Job, ou Dieu dans la tourmente.
He gave the world première performance of Bilude by Pierre Schaeffer and worked closely with Olivier Greif on the recording of his Sonate de guerre; several works have been dedicated to him, including El Khoury's Third Sonata and Lemeland's Piano Concerto.
Pascal Amoyel teaches at the Conservatoire National de Région at Rueil-Malmaison, is the founder of a festival for juniors (Festival Européen de l'Enfance et des Arts) and he is also the author of a book for young people entitled Si la Musique t'était contée.... (published by Bleu Nuit).
He was awarded the Premier Grand Prix 'Ars-Deux Magots' by a panel composed of personalities from the world of the arts, for 'a musician showing open-mindedness and generosity'.
In 2004, the Ministry of Culture has named her "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".