SESSION II

BILLY

PIANO

EIDI

 

CRR Paris - PSPBB

French pianist of Lebanese origin, student in Paris of Magda Tagliaferro, Jacques Coulaud and Jean Micault. License of concert (1st named) of the Normal School of Music of Paris. Second Prize of the Viotti-Valsesia International Competition. Award for Best Piano-Piano Team at the Francis Poulenc International Competition (with baritone Jean-François Gardeil). Winner of the Menuhin Foundation. Grand Prix of the Charles Cros Academy and Grand Prix of the New French Disk Academy.
In concerts around the world (France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Sweden, USA, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Middle Orient), he defends particularly the romantic repertoire and French music of the twentieth century, focusing on discovering unknown authors and repertoires. He has created pieces of Satie (Sixth Nocturne), Sauguet (Shadows on Venice, which is dedicated to him), Jaubert, Sacre, Bonet, Beffa, Steptoe, Krynen, etc. He is also passionate about the French melody, which works tirelessly for a better knowledge and a renewal of the genre; his long collaboration with Jean-François Gardeil is a brilliant testimony, in a repertoire exceeding 600 melodies. Other regular partners include mezzo Florence Katz and recently baritone Jean-François Rouchon.
It is in this spirit that he founded the Contrechants associations (1991-1995, concerts "Piano at the Palais-Royal", in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale) and Les Doneurs de serénades (1997-1998, melodic cycles at the Théâtre Molière - House of Poetry), and that he gives with the composer Guy Sacre concerts-conferences centered on themes of musical and literary aesthetics, such as "the musics of the night", "the music and the elements", or the "masks and bergamasques" which summon Fauré and Debussy around Verlaine and Watteau.
We will find these tastes and concerns in his records, so far twenty, including many "firsts". Piano records: Scriabin, Sauguet, Milhaud, Sacre, Séverac, Satie, Poulenc (The Story of Babar, alongside the great Hugues Cuenod), Hahn, Fauré. Melodies: Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, Satie, Sacre, Sauguet, and the integral Honegger, Chausson, Delage and Roussel. So many recordings warmly received by the press, who sees in him a "poet pianist" (Jean Roy), and several times rewarded: notably "Diapason d'or" and ffff of Télérama for the record he devoted to the piano of Séverac, ffff of Télérama for the melodies of Delage, "10 de Répertoire" for those of Honegger, "Choc" of the World of music for the integral Roussel (with Marie Devellereau, Yann Beuron and Laurent Naouri), and recently ffff of Télérama and BBC "Music Choice" for the third collection of melodies by Fauré (with tenor Yann Beuron). He just got the "Clash" of the year from Classica for his complete Barcarolles de Fauré.
The Academy of the Lyric Disc awarded him the Gerald Moore Award (Orphée d'or for best accompanist, 2009) for the reissue of his CD of the melodies of Guy Sacre (who had obtained at his release the "Recommended" of the magazine Répertoire ).
Appointed piano teacher at the Ecole Normale de Musique - Alfred Cortot by Pierre-Petit in 1980, a position he held for a dozen years, and at CNSM Lyon in 1995, Billy Eidi is currently a professor at CRR de Paris as well as at La Schola cantorum, in Paris. He is regularly invited for masterclasses, both in France (Nice, Nancy) and abroad (Spain, China, Taiwan, Italy, Japan and South Korea).

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