The French pianist Patrick Zygmanowski was born in 1970, and began his musical studies at the age of six. He was awarded two First Prizes, for piano and chamber music, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris, where he studied with Jacques Rouvier, Jean
Hubeau, Lev Naoumov, Menahem Pressler, and Pascal Devoyon as a graduate student. Having been awarded a grant by the German government, he went on to study with Gerhard Oppitz at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. His passion for chamber music led to three First Prizes at
international competitions: the City of Paris International Competition in 1994, the FNAPEC competition, with the clarinettist Florent Héau, in 1995, and the Henri Sauguet International competition in 1995.
Critical acclaim has highlighted Patrick Zygmanowski’s attentive accompaniment, intelligence and humour. His playing has been described as lifting his partner with elegance and authority, as in a ballet (“Le Monde de la Musique”), and Zygmanowski himself as a sensitive artist with a delicate and
expressive touch (“Classica”).
He has taken part in numerous festivals, including the Roque d’Anthéron festival, the Musique en Côte Basque festival, the Académie Maurice Ravel in Saint Jean de Luz, Midem in Cannes, the Rencontres Musicales en Lorraine, the Orangerie de Sceaux festival, the MusicAlp festival, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims and the Young Artists Festival in Kyoto.
Patrick Zygmanowski has played with many French orchestras and has also made international appearances as a soloist in Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Vietnam, USA and Indonesia. He has appeared with leading French and international soloists, including
Roland Daugareil, Dong Suk Kang, Renaud Capuçon, Florent Héau, Michel Michalakakos, Young-
Chang Cho, Roland Pidoux, Jean Ferrandis, and Romain Garioud.
His discography includes a recording of French music for clarinet and piano with Florent Héau (Lyrinx, 1995), as well as a complete set of Brahms and Reger sonatas, also with Florent Héau (Zig Zag, 2003), which met with universal acclaim in the press (Diapason said “our young performers speak the musical language of Brahms with admirable naturalness, poetry and delicacy of touch”). Forthcoming discs will feature music by Schubert Zygmanowski also teaches at the Conservatory (C.R.R.) in Aix en Provence. He won the Institute of France Delmas prize in 2007.
Patrick will be taking on the artistic direction of the ‘’Musiques Festiv’’ festival in Bordeaux (France) and Yokohama (Japan).
His discography includes recordings devoted to French music for clarinet and piano (Duo Héau Zygmanowski, Lyrinx 195 – 1999) as well as a complete set of sonatas by Brahms and Reger (with Florent Héau, Zigzag Territoire – 2003), which were unanimously welcomed by the press (“Our young concert artists speak the musical language of Brahms with naturalness, poetry and admirable delicacy of touch” Diapason).
(“Our young concert artists speak the musical language of Brahms with a naturalness, poetry and delicacy of touch” Diapason). More recently, he has recorded several CDs: Schubert àquatre mains (WPCS 12323 – 2009), “Le piano danse” again for four hands (Harmonia Mundi 2014) and a recording of works by Astor Piazzolla with the Trio Innova (IndéSens 2018). His collaborations as a composer and arranger with the ”Comédie Française” theatre (Paris) and various groups have earned him the Delmas Prize of the
Académie des Beaux-Arts
He holds a Certificate of Aptitude as a piano teacher and teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional d’Aix en Provence. He is also a permanent guest professor at the Osaka College of Music (Japan). Patrick Zygmanowski was director of the prestigious artists’ residence ”Villa Kujoyama” (establishment of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) in Kyoto, Japan from 2010 to 2012.