Since his debut performances with the Orchestre de Paris in 1999 (conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch) and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (at the Lucerne Festival in 2000, conducted by Bernard Haitink), François-Frédéric Guy has established himself as one of the most fascinating pianists of his generation.
He is widely regarded first and foremost as a specialist of the German romantics and above all of Beethoven. In 2008 Guy embarked on a major Beethoven project that has included recording and performing in concert all 32 Beethoven Sonatas and the 5 Piano Concertos. He is also a dedicated chamber musician and regularly performs Beethoven’s chamber music for strings and piano with the violinist Tedi Papavrami and the cellist Xavier Phillips. As part of the Beethoven project, he has performed the complete cycle of 32 piano sonatas a.o. in Washington, Paris, Monte Carlo, Metz and recently at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte-Saint-André. In October 2013 the box-set of the live recording of the complete 32 sonatas was released by the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, which had already previously released his highly acclaimed Liszt album, containing the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses and the Sonata in B minor. His previous recordings for Naïve Classique have included works by Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev. A duo album with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will be released by Chandos in June 2015.
In addition to his admiration for Beethoven – whom he describes as “the Alpha and Omega of music” – François-Frédéric Guy has special affinities with the music of Bartók, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev and a strong commitment to contemporary music with close links to composers such as Ivan Fedele, Marc Monnet, Gérard Pesson, Bruno Mantovani and Hugues Dufourt who dedicated Erlkönig (2006), his masterpiece for piano solo, to him. He also performed the world premiere of Monnet’s En pièces (2007) at Festival Musica in Strasbourg, a work dedicated to him, and of Mantovani’s Double Concerto (2012) with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In October 2013 he gave the Korean premiere of Le Désenchantement du monde by Tristan Murail with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.