Acclaimed French pianist presents Scarlatti, Ravel, Chopin and Liszt

Alexandre Tharaud. Photograph by Marco Borggreve.

Alexandre Tharaud, a rising French pianist known for his robust interpretation of the classics, performs at Bates College at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Free tickets are available for the first 100 seniors and students who reserve by email at For more information, please contact 207-786-6135.

With this concert Tharaud continues the college’s Olin Arts Alive music series, celebrating renowned and emerging international musicians. The program features works by Scarlatti, Ravel, Chopin and Liszt.

Tharaud’s career took off after winning second prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since then, his imaginative approach to classical music, particularly French composers, has gained him a following throughout Europe.

“Tharaud is dazzlingly nimble-fingered and often admirably sensitive, without romanticizing,” wrote the BBC.

Described as “aristocratic and sensuous” by Gramaphone magazine, Tharaud now has his sights set on the U.S. Earlier this year he played to great acclaim at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He returns to New York later this month to play Carnegie Hall.

Though best known for his sophisticated and inventive solo performances, Tharaud has played with a variety of chamber groups and orchestras, and has recorded several albums.

His most recent collection, Boeuf Sur le Toit: Swinging Paris (Virgin Classics, 2012), diverges from the classical to showcase France’s encounter with blues and American jazz in the early 20th century.

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