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Philippe Devaux

Pianist

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“First Prize-winner of the Magin Competition in 1995 and award-holder of the Cziffra Foundation, this brilliant French pianist, has already had the opportunity to prove his talent and reveal his exceptional temperament during his Parisian recitals and, in particular, at the Salle Gaveau. Often invited, especially in Poland, Romania, Turkey and the United States, he achieves, beyond our frontiers, constantly renewed successes with a repertoire that he so wisely affirms for the joy of his listeners.”

— Review Gazeta

About

Philippe Devaux started his first piano lesson at the age of three, as unexpected as the uniqueness of his playing: a wide repertoire covering Scarlatti to Magin, a decisive encounter with two giants of piano, the Hungarian legendary Gyorgy Cziffra (1921-1994), and the great french-polish pianist Milosz Magin (1929-1999), a significant recognition as he received the title of Laureate of the Cziffra foundation and won the prestigious First Grand Prize in the Magin Piano International Competition in 1995, are all strongly showing the evidence of Philippe Devaux's musical storytelling style.

“Iconoclastic, intense, indwelt, Philippe Devaux has always chosen to roll back the limits imposed by the musical establishment and to breathe new life into the music performance, but without prejudicing the composer’s musical intentions.”

It was obvious that Philippe Devaux could easily practice musical improvisation, shaped by his particular inclination for the Romantic period, and above all Chopin, and in addition by his taste for all music genres. However, the music was not his only inspiration : by closing your eyes, it’s also possible to read fine Russian Literature, to admire a beautiful painting, and even to attend a romantic theatrical presentation. With his girlfriend Diana Amichaud, who is also an art-lover, they opened Serenade Cabaret in Wien (Austria), a new concept with various artistic styles, in a place looking like Montmartre, and where they serve delicious french cuisine and wines.

Reviews

Philippe Devaux “will soon take his place amongst the best pianists of our time”
— Milosz Magin


"After studying the piano and composition in Poland, Milosz Magin (1929-1999) won numerous international competitions (in particular L-T and Chopin). He never abandoned, however, composition and after his death he left an important number of works. The piano pieces that make up this first volume exude a direct charm as well as a certain nostalgia: a language whose departure point seems to be that of Chopin's Mazurkas, enriched and broadened with deliciously acidic dissonances, that may well evoke the simplicity of child nursery rhymes (the pleasantly suggestive 'Child Images'), or the ripeness of Stravinsky. A somewhat eclectic work that clearly brings out the great virtuosity of its interpreter (the very beautiful 'Sonata No. 2) where we also note the influence of Poulenc (and not only that of the Eight Polish Songs!), of Bartok or of Ravel. With this album, Philippe Devaux who won the 1995 Magin Piano Competition and whom the composer considered as one of his disciples pays honour to this inventive and always accessible work."

— Review Piano Le Magazine by Nicolas Duplessis-Southon

“Philippe Devaux is definitely a top pianist.”
— Josef Kanski

"A surprising Philippe Devaux. His career is marked by precocity : did he not enter the Reims Conservatory at the age of 5 to obtain a First Prize at 17. Brilliant, exceptional, Philippe Devaux is a Prizewinner of the Cziffra Foundation and holder of the First Prize of the Milosz Magin International Competition. In homage to the latter, at once master, teacher and spiritual father, Philippe Devaux has just recorded Volume 1 of the piano oeuvre of Milosz Magin, a musical journey demonstrating the richness of the composer's styles.The new album also reveals the flawless technique of Philippe Devaux, his sensitivity and the undeniable personal touch of a magnificent interpreter."

— Review VRI (Ville de Reims Informations) by Jean-Paul Machetel

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1995 Received the title of Laureate of the Cziffra foundation
1995 Won the prestigious First Grand Prize in the Magin Piano International Competition

Repertoire

1 Grande Polonaise op. 6
2 Allego Molto op. 13 n°4
3 Impromptu caprice op. 14
4 Mélodie op. 27 n°5
Suite polonaise op.16
5 Polonaise
6 Mazurka
7 Dumka mp3 8346kb
8 Cracovienne
9 Kujawiak
10 Tarentelle op. 25

1 - Mouvement #1, allegro (2'13)
2 - Mouvement #2, andantino (2'16)
3 - Mouvement #3, presto ma non troppo (3'04)

4 - Sherzo (1'56)
Petite suite polonaise
5 - Joyeux poulain (cracovienne) (1'22)
6 - Chant d'automne (kujawiak) (1'06)
7 - Polonaise (1'34)
8 - Noces campagnardes (mazur) (1'25)
9 - Petite mendiante (mazurka) (1'45)
10- Danse paysanne (oberek) (1'23)

Triptyque polonais
11- Mazur, vivace (3'12)
12- Kujawiak, lento (2'31)
13- Oberek, presto (2'50) mp3 2662Kb

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languages

English

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Italian

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