Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas

"A pianist of wide culture, with a keen intelligence, sensitivity, open- mindedness and imagination in keeping with his extraordinary virtuosity" Vladimir Tropp, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas is "an exceptional, subtle, powerful and elegant pianist" Classiquenews, "a master of symphonic storms and images” Midi-libre. The intelligence of his programmes, his generous personality and the particularly warm contact which he maintains with his audience do make him an exceptional artist: "Listening to Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas playing Scriabin has been, for me, the most intense pianistic shock since Horowitz." Aldo Naouri.  After six years in Moscow, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas graduated from the Moscow State Gnesin Academy of Music from the class of Professor Tatiana Zelikman. He has also received the advice of distinguished musicians such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Lev Naumov and Vladimir Tropp. His career has been punctuated with many awards: the Classical Revelation Prize of the Year by the ADAMI, the First prize at the Saint-Petersburg Mravinsky Competition, the competition of the Bleustein-Blanchet Vocation Fund. He has also been rewarded by the Charles Oulmont Foundation and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale. In 2009 Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas was elected "Artist of the Year 2009" by Resmusica (member of MIDEM). His record dedicated to Schubert for the Fondamenta label was unanimously greeted by critics. “From the very beginning of the Sonata in B flat D960 by Schubert, we are struck by a very beautiful sound which leads us into that outstanding piece as in a dream. Indeed, such control of the sound isn’t given to everyone and contributes to the bewitchment we feel” Pianiste Magazine "Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas has captured the essence of the twenty-third sonata outstandingly. In addition to the exceptional sonority, the style is natural, steady, assured and elegant" Concertonet "Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas’s vision is both spectacular and humble, never forced upon us but always guided, so that it leaves us in suspense, plunged into a musing close to ecstasy” Resmusica In 2010 Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas along with the violinist Svetlin Roussev recorded a CD, dedicated to the 3rd sonatas by Grieg and by Medtner for the Fondamenta label. That recording was acclaimed by the major critics in all Europe and was granted most major prizes, such as the « M » of Mezzo Channel, Choice of France Musique, Clé Resmusica, 4 Stars Classica, 5 Diapasons. “Remarkable interpretation, all in sensitivity full of images and emotions is worthy to the one recorded in 1928 by Kreisler and Rachmaninov” L’Education Musicale "A fascinating recording" Presto Classical "That recording with its attractive presentation and its impeccable sound recording exudes the love for music: a harmonious work of architecture and passion" Concertonet “Roussev and D’Oria-Nicolas managed perfectly to bring to mind orchestral sonorities imagined by Medtner with wonderful tonal vibrancy and arresting colouring." Classic FM Magazine Strong of his almost 320-work-repertoire, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas has performed in more than 20 countries in venues such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Hermitage of Saint-Petersburg, the Tbilisi Conservatory (Georgia), the Tretyakov Gallery, the Scriabin Museum, the Gaveau Concert Hall, The Arsenal Concert Hall of Metz, the Oratorium du Louvre, the Saint-Petersburg White Nights Festival, the Hamamatsu Act City (Japan), the Shanghai Oriental Center (China), the Kuhmo Festival (Finland), the Estate Musicale di Portogruaro (Italy), the Amsterdam Grachten Festival (Netherlands), the Bratislava International Festival (Slovakia), the Festival de Saint-Denis, the Festival de Prades, the Festival de Colmar… He is regularly invited at various French and foreign radios and television channels such as France 2, France 3, Kultura (Russia), France-Musique, France-Culture, Radio-Classique… In 2009, the noteworthy Two Piano recital, which Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas gave with Alexander Kobrin at Gaveau Concert Hall in Paris, has been broadcasted several times by MEZZO Channel, in 39 countries. As a popular chamber music partner, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas plays with Alexander Kobrin, Svetlin Roussev, Lise Berthaud, Xavier Phillips, Nicolas Dautricourt, François Salque, Amaury Coeytaux, Kristina Blaumane, Yan Levionnois, Romain Leleu, Raphaël Perraud and Laurent Naouri. This has led him to take on the artistic direction of Fondamenta Productions in July 2008. During the seasons 2011-2013, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas will perform in France, Switzerland, Luxemburg, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.
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