|“There’s no doubt that this talented young artist is a rising star in the firmament of today’s top pianists.” Klavier-Festival Ruhr|
In his native France and around the world, audiences are moved by the sensitivity of the playing of this artist who “makes the piano sing so wonderfully” (La Lettre du Musicien). Nicolas Stavy performs in prestigious international contexts such as the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins, the Chopin festivals at Nohant and Bagatelle, the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, the Piano(s) Festival of Lille, the Festival Berlioz, the Musée d’Orsay, the Salle Pleyel, the EuroArt Praha Festival, the International Granada “Fex” Festival, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Casals Hall (Tokyo), ), the Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest), Victoria Hall (Geneva), the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 92nd Street Y (New York), etc. He has performed with major orchestras such as the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, the Bucharest Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, etc.
Ever avid for discovery, Nicolas Stavy performs chamber music with such colleagues as Patrick Messina, Tatiana Vassilieva, Daniel Hope, Cédric Tiberghien, Tedi Papavrami, Karine Deshayes, the Quatuor Ebène, the Quatuor Psophos, etc. He alternated with Mikhail Rudy performing for the stage play “The Pianist” (after the book by Wladyslaw Szpilman), featuring actor Robin Renucci. He has also participated in other projects with well-known actors, including Didier Sandre, Brigitte Fossey and Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt.
After studies with Gérard Frémy and Christian Ivaldi at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique in Paris, where he won 1st prizes for Piano and Chamber Music, Nicolas Stavy went on to study with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire (where he was awarded a 1st prize with distinction) and participated in master classes with György Sebök. He has also received guidance from Alfred Brendel. He is a prizewinner of several international competitions: the Special Prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2000, 2nd Prize in the Geneva International Competition in 2001, 4th Prize in the Gina Bachauer Competition in the U.S. in 2002, 2nd Prize in the Young Concert Artists competition in New York in 2003, etc.His two recent CDs published by Hortus, dedicated to Brahms and Liszt, were both greeted with an FFFF rating by France’s Télérama magazine. The Liszt CD was also rated **** by Classica magazine. This year, 2015, sees the release of two new discs: the Concertos for left hand by Britten and Korngold, with the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, conducted by Paul Polivnick (Hortus) and Boris Tishchenko’s Sonatas nos. 7 and 8, under the Bis label.