French pianist Alexandre Tharaud is performing at Interlochen Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 pm. Read on for a complete description about his background, influences and more. To purchase tickets to the show click here.


Alexandre Tharaud


How he got his start

Tharaud’s mother was a dance teacher at the Opéra de Paris, and his father was an amateur director and singer of operettas. Tharaud appeared as a child in theatres around northern France, where the family spent many weekends. Tharaud started his piano studies at the age of five, and entered the Conservatoire de Paris when he was 14.



Classical, French cabaret, jazz and chamber music


Influences and Inspirations

Rameau, Ravel, Bach, Satie, Liszt


Additional Background

Tharaud won the Barcelona-based Maria Callas Competition in 1987. In 1988, he won the Senigallia Competition in Italy. The following year, he finished second at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich. His early concert tours throughout France and Europe were very well-received, and in 1995 he produced his first album, a disc of piano works by Milhaud. He’s since released more than 30 recordings. He’s regularly involved in imaginative programming activity, like an all-Satie concert he performs yearly, as well as world premieres of contemporary composers.



“If one word could describe Mr. Tharaud’s approach to the music at hand, that word would be ‘mercurial.’” – The New York Times

“There’s never a dull moment, and Tharaud’s range of touch and colour, and his sheer enthusiasm, shine through every jewel-like piece.” – The Guardian



Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts


Date & Time

May 7, 7:30 p.m.


Ticket information

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 seniors, and $8 for youths. Go to


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