Abdel Rahman El Bacha
piano | Lebanon, France, °1958
 
PIANO 1978 : First Prize
Born in Beirut in 1958, Abdel Rahman El Bacha lives in France. At the age of 16 he pursued his piano studies under Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where he obtained four first prizes (for piano, chamber music, harmony, and counterpoint). Since his talent was discovered at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1978, he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls around the world. He has played with a variety of orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, and the English Chamber Orchestra. His first disc, devoted to the works of Prokofiev, received the Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy. Since then he has recorded many works (including Bach, Ravel, Schubert, and Schumann) with Forlane, as well as Prokofiev’s five concertos with Fuga Libera. His complete Beethoven sonatas and complete works for solo piano by Chopin have been a great success, both in concert and on CD. Abdel Rahman El Bacha is also a composer and is master in residence for the piano at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Audio
Programme
Final (31/05/1978)
Willem Kersters Concerto op. 69
Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
Sergey Prokofiev Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Semi-final (18/05/1978)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue n. 20 in A minor BWV 889
Jean-Marie Simonis Notturno op. 33
Mily Balakirev Islamey
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata n. 17 in B flat major KV 570
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, piano
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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