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Alain Lefevre: Bio

Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre born in Poitiers on July 23rd 1962 into a family of musicians, was introduced to piano at only four years old, by his father, a clarinetist. At five, he took his first lessons in Montreal, at the College Marguerite-Bourgeoys and soon, he revealed himself to be a young virtuoso. At six years old, he wins the 1stPrize at the Canadian Music Competition and gives his first recital at the Grand Théatre in Quebec city. At nine, he wins the 1st Prize at the Heintzman Piano Competition, makes the headlines of the Montreal Star, describing him as the "Star of tomorrow" and gives his first television interview on CBC. Over the years, he will win the 1st Prize at the Canadian Music Competition eight more times. At fourteen, he takes Master Classes with Jeanne-Marie Darré and Lucette Descaves in France and at seventeen he returns there to complete his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the class of the highly esteemed Pierre Sancan, who saw in Alain Lefèvre one of his "most brilliant disciples". Also his teachers are Pierre Max Dubois in composition and Geneviève Joy. In the course of his studies there, the great violinist Christian Ferras, moved by his talent, invites him to play with him, after having heard him perform on air at Radio-France. They will give a recital of Bach Sonatas at Salle Gaveau in Paris. The sudden death of Ferras interrupts their tour in Spain. He will then join Isaac Stern and Ivry Gitlis on stage at the Châtelet for a tribute to the late virtuoso. At the Conservatoire, he is awarded first prizes in both piano and chamber music. He wins the Grand Prix at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition and gives his first recital in Milan, at the Piccola Scala. Following a remarkable debut at Salle Pleyel in Paris, in a stunning performance of the Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, Lefèvre is immediately invited to a return performance, and those concerts will mark the debuts of his sparkling international career. (See "Concert Artist" Section for a Bio).

When not on stage, Alain Lefèvre spends time composing. He also hosts a radio show broadcasted every Sunday, on Radio-Canada's Espace Musique, featuring two hours of classical music. For a third consecutive year, he will be the Artistic Ambassador of the Lanaudière International Festival. Extremely dedicated to bringing classical music to the young ones, he pursues his "cultural mission" by seeing thousands of students every year, all over the world, from elementary to high school, when invited on tour, or at home.

1 Op. 28: No. 1 in C Major. Agitato
2 Op. 28: No. 2 in A Minor. Lento
3 Op. 28: No. 3 in G Major. Vivace
4 Op. 28: No. 4 in E Minor. Largo
5 Op. 28: No. 5 in D Major. Allegro molto
6 Op. 28: No. 6 in B Minor. Lento assai
7 Op. 28: No. 7 in A Major. Andantino
8 Op. 28: No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor. Molto Agitato
9 Op. 28: No. 9 in E Major. Largo
10 Op. 28: No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor. Allegro Molto
11 Op. 28: No. 11 in B Major. Vivace
12 Op. 28: No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor. Presto
13 Op. 28: No. 13 in F-Sharp Major. Lento
14 Op. 28: No. 14 in E-Flat Minor. Allegro
15 Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major. Sostenuto
16 Op. 28: No. 16 in B-Flat Minor. Presto Con Fuoco
17 Op. 28: No. 17 in A-Flat Major. Allegretto
18 Op. 28: No. 18 in F Minor. Allegro Molto
19 Op. 28: No. 19 in E-Flat Major. Vivace
20 Op. 28: No. 20 in C Minor. Largo
21 Op. 28: No. 21 in B-Flat Major. Cantabile
22 Op. 28: No. 22 in G Minor. Molto Agitato
23 Op. 28: No. 23 in F Major. Moderato
24 Op. 28: No. 24 in D Minor. Allegro Appassionato
25 Sonata No. 24 in D Minor - Andantino Cantabile
Alain Lefèvre - Chopin: 24 Preludes
Alain Lefevre - Lanaudiere Classical Music Festival, Joliette Quebec
Alain Lefevre Hydra 2013

Like many young keyboard players today, Chopin was exposed to Bach's set of preludes and fugues in each major and minor key, the Well-Tempered Clavier. We can only assume that this is what sparked Chopin's imagination and led to the 24 Preludes. But unlike Bach's sprawling work, each Chopin prelude is a study in economy and brevity. Though miniatures, performing the 24 Preludes is no small task. In his latest recording, Montreal-based pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre tackles the works with a wide range of expression, from the melodic simplicity of the fourth prelude to the tenderness of the "Raindrop" prelude. Rounding out the recording is Padre Antonio Soler's Sonata in D minor No. 24. Lefèvre makes a compelling case for the nearly forgotten 18th-century Spanish composer, who wrote a huge number of keyboard sonatas.

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