Lucas Debargue

Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue started to play piano at age 11 at Compiegne Conservatoire under the guidance of professor Muenier. He got quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire but it was not until 10 years later, after he had become a holder of scientific baccalaureate and of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Paris 7 Diderot University, that he decided to come back to studying piano at professional level.

After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Tamborini he encountered professor Rena Shereshevskaya in 2011 at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire and this encounter became decisive to him: at first she prepared him to the examinations to enter the Paris National Superior Conservatoire; he was admitted unanimously to the class of professor Jean-François Heisser where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2015. Seeing in him a future of a great piano interpreter, Rena Shereshevskaya admitted him in her class at the Superior Paris Music School of Alfred Cortot to prepare him for grand international competitions. Supported by School Cortot and Foundation Zaleski, this work resulted initially in the First Prize at the Ninth Gaillard International Competition (France) in 2014 and the next year in the Fourth Prize at the prestigious Fifteenth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, where he became also the only participant among all disciplines who was awarded a Special Prize of Moscow Musical Critics.

Since then he is invited to play solo and with famous philharmonic orchestras (conducted by Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Anrey Boreyko, Leonid Grin, to name a few) in the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow, Saint Petersburg (where he has already made his debut by the initiative of Valery Gergiev), in Italy, the UK, Canada, Chili, the USA and others. In particular, he was invited to play a closing recital on December 30, 2015, at the prestigious “December Nights” Festival at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Having a passion for literature, painting, movie and jazz and being engaged in creative work, Luca Debargue dreams to discover rare music (Medtner, Roslavets, Maykapar etc) and to develop very personal interpretations of a thoroughly selected repertoire.

He continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the School Cortot and is going to compete the next year for a “concert artist” diploma and the Cortot Prize.

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