C H R I S T O P H E A L V A R E Z
"With ease and elegance, his virtuosity is always coloured by poetry"
" An artistic personality of great individuality"
La Gazette de Varsovie
"Delicacy, precision and an astounding presence and beauty of tone"
I am a concert pianist, doctor of music, conductor and composer. Actually, I am teaching at the National Academy of Music "Gheorghe Dima" of Cluj (Romania) as Lecturer Tenure of Piano. I also am the Artistic Director of the SCENA International Festival.
I was born in France in 1987. I began my musical studies at the Nice Conservatoire (France), where I was awarded the Prix de Piano, and diplomas in Harmony, Sight reading and Chamber music. Later on, I became a student at the prestigious Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris, I graduated the Diplome Professionnel de Piano in 2007. I am a prize winner in several international piano competitions: Unesco (2002), Flame (2003), Rodolfo-Caporali (2007), Brest-Chopin (2007), Simone-Delbert (2009). I benefited from the precious artistic guidance of Andras Schiff, Christopher Elton, Christian Zacharias, Kyoko Hashimoto, Sergio Perticaroli, Rena Shereshevskaya, Desire N’Kaoua, Philippe Bianconi.
My career led me to play in many concert halls and festivals in North America and in Europe such as: Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Teatro del Verme Milano, Filarmonica de Stadt Cluj, Filarmonica Dinu Lipatti, Filarmonica Oltenia, Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur Montreal. I was the guest of renowned festivals in France, Canada, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, such as the Jozef Zeidler Festival, The Musical Chairs, les Nuits du Suquet de Cannes, the 60th Festival de Musique de Menton, the 30th Festival Chopin w barwach jesieni, the International Mozart Festival of Cluj, Piano HomeComing Montreal, The Musical Chairs, Toamna Muzicala Cluj, the Printemps Musical de St Tropez and many more.
I have recorded a live CD of the two Chopin piano concertos at the Chopin 1810-2010 Festival in Poland, under the baton of Marcin Sompolinski. For Polish Radio label, I have also recorded a world premiere CD of the complete piano music of Alfons Szczerbinski. I have played with several orchestras in Europe, such as the Transilvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra, Orkiestra Nova, The Beethoven Young Academy Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Cannes PACA, the Young Famous Orchestra of Romania, The Chamber Orchestra of Poznan, and I am also a very active performer in chamber music ensembles. My chamber music repertoire covers extensive works from early music to XXth century.
I have recorded the reconstitution of the “Ballet du Temps” (1654) with the ensemble "IntAct" I created in Montreal, made up of professional early music performers. This work, written by Mazuel, Mollier and Lully, has never been played again after its creation. The challenge was great: the one existing manuscript only contains the violin staff, so I had to rewrite all the missing parts. This project is part of my practice of baroque music, at harpsichord as well as conducting ensembles. In 2008, I founded in Paris the Ensemble Musica Tempora, made up of professional musicians playing on period instruments. We performed works by Charpentier, Campra, Desmarets, and Lully. I have a deep knowledge of continuo playing and extensive improvisation skills through my experiences in early music spread over more than 10 years.
I completed academic studies in France and in Canada, from Bachelor to Doctorate, at Universite Paris IV Sorbonne, at Universite de Nice and at McGill University. In 2017, I was awarded the title of Doctor in Music at the end of my Doctoral program at Université de Nice (France) and in 2020 the title of Doctor in Music Performance from McGill University. My research has been published in several scientific reviews in France, Italy, Romania, Canada (OICRM, Studia Universitatis, Steaua, Eunomios, l’Education Musicale, Le Cercle).
My professional teaching background includes two years as Graduate Assistant in applied Piano Performance and as Staff Accompanist at McGill University (2017-2019), three years as Course Lecturer at the Université de Nice (2013-2016), six years as Piano Teacher at the Ecole de Musique “Music 3000” teaching to pre-college and college level students (2009-2015), one year as Staff Accompanist at the Centre d’Art Lyrique de la Méditerrannée (2008-2009). I have been sitting as a member of jury during the international piano competitions Simone-Delbert (2010), Carl Filtsch (2016), Mozart Cluj (2019) and Nice International Piano Competition (2022).
As a passionate of composition since my young age, I am the author of three feature length films and many international short-movies soundtracks. Some of these movies have been selected to Festival des Canaries (2014), Seoul Movie Festival (2013) and Cannes Junior Festival (2013). In 2022, my piece "Reculegere" for soprano and orchestra, comissioned by the Young Famous Orchestra, was played in world-premiere. My catalogue consists of several lieder for singer and piano, two orchestral poems, and a piano solo triptych “Reflets” inspired by the three Sonnets of Mihai Eminescu (edited by Arpeggione).