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Biography of Pascal Rogé

Pascal Rogé

'Rogé mesmerised in the slow movement, spinning out its extended cantilena with a sense of wonder, both surprising and inevitable.' Financial Times

Pascal Rogé exemplifies the finest in French pianism; his playing of Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Saint-Saëns or Ravel in particular is characterised by its elegance, beauty and delicate phrasing – his name is simply synonymous with the best playing

Born in Paris, Pascal Rogé became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of 17. He has won many prestigious awards including two Gramophone awards, a Grand Prix du Disque and an Edison Award for his interpretations of the Ravel and Saint-Saëns concertos. Other recordings include the complete piano works of Poulenc and Ravel, four albums of Satie and two of Debussy and a Bartok cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. For the Poulenc Edition in 1999 Mr Rogé recorded both piano concertos, the Aubade and the Concerto Champêtre all under Charles Dutoit.

For Oehms Classics Mr Rogé recorded, to unanimous acclaim, the Ravel G Major and Gershwin concertos with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand de Billy and has now recorded a second disc with the same forces which includes the Ravel Left Hand Piano Concerto, Rhapsody inBlue and An American in Paris. Pascal Rogé’s latest recording project is the Rogé Edition, released on the Onyx Classics label. The first CD release in May 2005 inaugurated his first complete Debussy cycle with the Préludes and was followed by a second disc including Estampes and Children’s Corner early in 2007. In March 2008 the third volume was released containing Images and Pour le Piano. Also for Onyx he has released a disc of Mozart concertos with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard.

Pascal Rogé has performed in almost every major concert hall in the world. Some of the orchestras he has appeared with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, L’Orchestre de Paris, L’Orchestre National de Radio France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhaus and all the major London orchestras.

He appears regularly in the United States and is a frequent guest artist in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and especially Japan. Among his recent British engagements are recitals at Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hall where he is a frequent guest of the International Piano Series.

Pascal Rogé is the Artistic Director of Incontri in Terra di Siena, a summer festival that takes place each year in Tuscan. He is enjoying playing recitals of music for four hands/one piano with his wife, the pianist Ami Rogé.