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    August 5-8 2021
    Patron of the Festival "Escapades Pianistiques"
    Château de Commarin - France
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    October 3 2021
    Savoy Baur en Ville
    Zürich - Switzerland
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    January 17 2022
    Brucknerhaus Linz
    Austria

Biography

Hailed by the Classica Magazine as a "pianist of magnetic presence", Ingmar Lazar is internationally praised for his deep and moving performances, as well as for his brilliant control and stupendous technique. He has firmly established himself as one of the leading French musicians of his generation.

He performs in the world's most prestigious halls such as the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Munich, International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Rudolfinum in Prague, La Seine Musicale in Paris, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv to name a few. He is regularly invited to many distinguished festivals including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, Grafenegg Festival, European Weeks Festival in Passau, Colmar International Festival, Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, Festival Chopin in Paris, Festival Les Piano Folies in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Sant Pere de Rodes Music Festival, Estate Regina Music Festival in Montecatini Terme, and the Gotthard Klassik-Festival Andermatt.

He collaborates with conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mathieu Herzog, Julien Chauvin, Anna Duczmal-Mróz, Constantin Adrian Grigore, Nicolas Krauze, Peter Vizard among many others, and performs with orchestras including the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Orchestre Lamoureux, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, L'Ensemble Appassionato, Le Concert de la Loge, and the Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Ingmar Lazar is also a dedicated chamber musician, and shares the stage with Pierre Amoyal, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Nicolas Dautricourt, Benjamin Herzl, Stanislas Kim, Danielle Laval, Roman Patočka, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Fedor Rudin, François Salque, Christoph Seybold, Ekaterina Valiulina, the Quatuor Hermès, and the Vision String Quartet.

His critically acclaimed discography includes a Schubert recital (Wanderer Fantasie and Sonata D.959) released in 2017 on the Lyrinx label, which received a five-star rating from the Classica Magazine, and was awarded with "France Musique's Choice". A Beethoven recital (Bagatelles op. 33, Sonatas op. 81a "Les Adieux" and op. 111) recorded live at the National Theatre in Marseille "La Criée" released in 2019 on the same label received fabulous press critics, and once more a five-star rating from the Classica Magazine. Ingmar Lazar's curiosity also brought him to explore rarely performed repertoire, and has led to several CD releases on the Suoni e Colori label including works by Jean-Philippe Rameau and, in duo with Alexandre Brussilovsky, works by Jean Françaix, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Efrem Podgaits.

Born in France in 1993, Ingmar Lazar made his debut at the age of 6 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Prizewinner of several international competitions, he is the recipient of the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the Verbier Festival in 2013. He was also named laureate of the Safran Foundation for Music, France in 2016. In 2020 he became prizewinner of the Ateliers Médicis, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture. Ingmar Lazar is a Steinway Artist.

A former student of Valery Sigalevitch and Alexis Golovin, he continued his studies with Vladimir Krainev and Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. Thereafter he attended the International Piano Academy Lake Como and the Conservatory of the Italian Switzerland (Lugano) as a Theo Lieven scholar, where he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, Malcolm Bilson, Fou Ts'ong, and Stanislav Ioudenitch. He received his Master's degree in Performance from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Pavel Gililov. He is a scholarship holder of the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and was a member of the Philippe Jaroussky Music Academy.

Since 2016, Ingmar Lazar has been the founder and artistic director of the Festival du Bruit qui Pense, located in Louveciennes in the Yvelines, in north-central France. Its goal is to create strong ties between artists and the audience with interactive post-concert interviews and discussions. He is also the patron of the piano festival Escapades Pianistiques taking place at the Château de Commarin, near Dijon, which he co-founded in 2021.

Concerts

2021

November 24 2021

Klagenfurt, Austria
Mozartgemeinde Klagenfurt
Konzerthaus Klagenfurt - Großer Saal
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Say, Mozart, Enescu, and Schubert

November 19 2021

Bremen, Germany
Sendesaal Bremen
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Say, Mozart, Enescu, and Schubert

October 16 2021

Paris, France
Lezard-en-Seine
Lutheran Church of Saint-Marcel
Duo Recital with Danielle Laval (piano)
Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, and Schubert

October 7 2021

Paris, France
Association Arthèmes
Hungarian Institute
Recital
Works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt

October 3 2021

Zurich, Switzerland
Concerts Grand Salon
Hôtel Savoy Baur en Ville
Recital
Works by Chopin

September 19 2021

Verges, France
Château de Verges
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Mozart, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Franck

September 10 2021

Lourmarin, France
Festival des Musiques d'Été du Château de Lourmarin
Recital
Works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin

September 5 2021

Saint-Sulpice-de-Favières, France
Church of Saint-Sulpice
Duo Recital with Thibaut Reznicek (cello)
Works by Saint-Saëns, Paganini, and Brahms

August 28 2021

Grafenegg, Austria
Grafenegg Festival
Reitschule
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Franck and Saint-Saëns

August 27 2021

Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria
Private Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Franck and Saint-Saëns

August 25 2021

Sant Pere de Rodes, Spain
Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes
Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes
Recital
Works by Chopin

August 22 2021

Durtal, France
Studio du Bout du Monde
St Leonard's Chapel
CD recording in duo with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Pascal Arnault

August 7 2021

Commarin, France
Escapades Pianistiques
Château de Commarin
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Clara Schumann and Franck

August 5 2021

Commarin, France
Escapades Pianistiques
Château de Commarin
Recital
Works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin

July 31 2021

Thairé, France
Festival Ondes Classiques
Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Duo Recital with Thibaut Reznicek (cello)
Works by Saint-Saëns, Borel, and Brahms

July 18 2021

Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Austria
Klangraum Waidhofen
Kristallsaal - Schloss Rothschild
Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)
Works by Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Franck

June 20 2021

Salzburg, Austria
Orchesterhaus
Schumann Quintet with Pierre Amoyal (violin), Giuseppe Gibboni (violin), Yuko Shimizu-Amoyal (viola), and Annette Jakovčić (cello)

June 12 2021

Paris, France
Le Grand Live de France Musique
Théâtre de l'Alliance Française
Duo with Danielle Laval (piano)
Works by Schubert

June 9-10 2021

Online Event
Music and Stars Awards
Jury Member

March 28 2021

Online Event
RecitHall
Productions Chez Nous
Recital
Works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin

February 7 2021

Online Event
RecitHall
Productions Chez Nous
Recital
Works by J.-S. Bach, Brahms, and Chopin

Archives 2020

December 2-3 2020  -  Online Event  -  Music and Stars Awards  -  Jury member November 28-29 2020  -  Online Event  -  Young Talents Competition Rotary 2020  -  Jury member

November 9 2020  -  Vienna, Austria  -  Fanny Hensel-Saal  -  University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Franck

October 20 2020  -  Saint-Étienne, France  -  Saint-Étienne Opera House  -  Théâtre Copeau  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

September 24 2020  -  Biel, Switzerland  -  Révélations  -  Jeunes maîtres  -  Farelsaal  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

September 13 2020  -  Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, France  -  Les Musicales de Gadagne  -  Salle de l'Arbousière  -  Recital  -  Works by Chopin

August 27 2020  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d'été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by J. S. Bach, Chopin, Schubert, and Franck

August 18 2020  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d'été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

August 16 2020  -  Plouër-sur-Rance, France  -  Clos Saint-Joseph  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

August 10-15 2020  -  Bullion, France  -  Transat, Summer Festival of the Artists-in-Residence  -  Ateliers Médicis, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture  -  Artistic Residency with Fanny Gilles (actress), Benjamin Beck (viola), and Stanislas Kim (cello)

August 9 2020  -  Sully-sur-Loire, France  -  Été musical de Sully-sur-Loire  -  Saint-Ythier Church  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

August 4 2020  -  Saint-Priest-Taurion, France  -  Festival 1001 Notes en Limousin  -  Parc du Mazeau  -  Duo Recital with Thibaut Reznicek (cello)  -  Works by Pärt, Beethoven, and Franck

August 3 2020  -  Saint-Priest-Taurion, France  -  Festival 1001 Notes en Limousin  -  Parc du Mazeau  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven

July 24 2020  -  Salzburg, Austria  -  FS1  -  Freies Fernsehen Salzburg  -  Online: Concerts & Talks  -  Live Duo Recording with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Pärt, Schubert, and Debussy

July 19 2020  -  Montpellier, France  -  Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier  -  Parc du Château d'O  -  Amphithéâtre des Micocouliers  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn and Beethoven

May 13 2020  -  Online Event  -  Verbier Festival at Home: Quarantine Concerts  -  Recital  -  Works by Chopin

March 7 2020  -  Louveciennes, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Salle Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Duo Recital with Roman Patočka (violin)  -  Works by Schubert and Beethoven

March 4 2020  -  Zell am See, Austria  -  Jeunesse  -  Musikalische Jugend Österreichs  -  Pfarrsaal  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Mozart, Pärt, Debussy, Grieg, and Ravel

March 1 2020  -  Louveciennes, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Salle Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Concert/Reading with Patrick Poivre d'Arvor (narrator)  -  Works by Chopin

February 22 2020  -  Paris, France  -  Le Grand Live de France Musique  -  Théâtre de l'Alliance Française  -  Concert  -  Works by Haydn

February 8 2020  -  Paris, France  -  Private Duo Recital with Christoph Seybold (violin)  -  Works by Beethoven, de Falla/Kreisler and Dvořák

February 3 2020  -  Versailles, France  -  Musiques à Versailles  -  Waldorf Astoria Versailles  -  Trianon Palace  -  Solo, Duo and Trio Recital with David Petrlik (violin), and François Salque (cello)  -  Works by Debussy, Scriabin, Chopin, and Dvořák

January 26 2020  -  Paris, France  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Scriabin

January 22 2020  -  Vienna, Austria  -  Jeunesse  -  Musikalische Jugend Österreichs  -  Lorely-Saal  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Mozart, Pärt, Debussy, Grieg, and Ravel

January 20 2020  -  Anthering, Austria  -  Kulturverein Anthering  -  Rossstall  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Mozart, Pärt, Debussy, Grieg, and Ravel

January 14 2020  -  Prague, Czech Republic  -  Rudolfinum  -  Suk Hall  -  Duo Recital with Roman Patočka (violin)  -  Works by Schubert and Beethoven

January 11 2020  -  Wiener Neustadt, Austria  -  Museum St. Peter an der Sperr  -  Duo Recital with Marilies Guschlbauer (cello)  -  Works by Beethoven and Franck

Archives 2019

December 26 2019  -  Bad Bederkesa, Germany  -  Burg Bederkesa  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, and Scriabin

December 19 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Private Duo Concert with Marilies Guschlbauer (cello)  -  Works by Franck

December 8 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Cercle Cendrars  -  Solo and Duo Concert with Adrien Frasse-Sombet (cello)  -  Works by Chopin, Liadov, and Mendelssohn

November 30 2019  -  Bédarieux, France  -  Saison culturelle Bédarieux & Grand Orb  -  La Tuilerie  -  Duo Recital with Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Händel, Mozart, and Franck

November 27-28 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Young Talents Competition Rotary 2019  -  Frédéric Chopin and his era  -  Jury member

November 2 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Private Recital for the Patrons of the Festival  -  Works by Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, Boulez, Ravel, and Prokofiev

October 12 2019  -  Paris, France  -  La Dive Note  -  Reid Hall  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Boulez, Ravel, and Prokofiev

October 5 2019  -  Morangis, France  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Scriabine

September 17 2019  -  Munich, Germany  -  Friends of Rudens Turku e.V.  -  Galerie Thomas Modern  -  Duo with Benjamin Herzl (violin) and Jeremias Luther (cello)  -  Works by Bloch, Paganini, Schubert, and Debussy

September 16 2019  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d’été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, and Scriabin

September 10 2019  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d’été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Pärt, Schubert, J. S. Bach, and Debussy

August 31 2019  -  Melle, Germany  -  Musikfest Wasserschloss Gesmold  -  Gesmold Castle  -  Recital  -  Works by Chopin, Ravel, and Scriabin

July 27 2019  -  Acquasparta, Italy  -  Festival Federico Cesi  -  Auditorium Matteo d'Acquasparta  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, and Scriabin

July 25 2019  -  Trevi, Italy  -  Festival Federico Cesi  -  Auditorium di San Francesco  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Ravel, and Scriabin

July 17 2019  -  Dio-et-Valquières, France  -  Festival de Musique Château de Dio  -  Duo Recital with Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Händel, Mozart, Kreisler, Franck, and Saint-Saëns

July 16 2019  -  Dio-et-Valquières, France  -  Festival de Musique Château de Dio  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Enescu, and Scriabin

July 12 2019  -  Sceaux, France  -  Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux  -  Solo, Duo and Trio Recital with Boris Blanco (violin) and Polina Streltsova (cello)  -  Works by Scriabin, Martinů, Bartók, and Dvořák

July 7 2019  -  Redon, France  -  Les Musicales de Redon  -  Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Mozart, Schubert, and Franck

29 juin 2019  -  Choisy-au-Bac, France  -  Festival des Forêts  -  Église de la Sainte-Trinité de Choisy-au-Bac  -  Duo Recital with Pavel Šporcl (violin)  -  Works by Martinů, Kocián, and Dvořák

June 19 2019  -  Boulogne-Billancourt, France  -  La Seine Musicale  -  With the Ensemble Appassionato, Mathieu Herzog (conductor)  -  Shostakovich

June 9 2019  -  Sankt Gilgen, Austria  -  Mozarthaus St. Gilgen  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns

June 7 2019  -  Kapellen, Belgium  -  Atelier of Enny Huylebroeck  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Rota

May 25 2019  -  Montrouge, France  -  Nouveaux Virtuoses  -  Médiathèque de Montrouge  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and Scriabin

May 17 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Municipal Conservatory of the 9th arrondissement  -  Jury member for undergraduate and graduate exams

May 10 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Philomuses  -  Recital  -  Works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Chopin

May 4 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Le Grand Live de France Musique  -  Théâtre de l'Alliance Française  -  Chamber Music Concert with Boris Blanco (violin), Hector Burgan (violin), Marine Chagnon (mezzo-soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), David Kadouch (piano), Christian-Pierre La Marca (cello), Maxime Quennesson (cello), Ugo Reser (cello) - Works by Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré, Liadov, Popper, and Saint-Saëns

April 30 2019  -  Graz, Austria  -  Der Ö1 Musiksalon  -  Minoritensaal  -  Chamber Music Concert with Benjamin Herzl (violin), Harald Herzl, (violin), Daniela Beer (violin), Benedict Mitterbauer (viola), and Marcus Pouget (cello)  -  Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

April 14 2019  -  Andermatt, Switzerland  -  Classic Easter Festival Andermatt  -  Trio Concert with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin) and Stanislas Kim (cello)  -  Works by Mendelssohn, Brähm, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel

March 31 2019  -  Louveciennes, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Salle Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Solo, Duo and Trio Concert with Nicolas Dautricourt (violin) and François Salque (cello)  -  Works by Popper, Liszt, and Dvořák

March 23 2019  -  Louveciennes, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Salle Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Duo Concert with Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)  -  Works by Schubert

March 22 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Association Arthèmes  -  Hungarian Institute  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, and Liszt

March 7 2019  -  Zell am See, Austria  -  Jeunesse  -  Musikalische Jugend Österreichs  -  Pfarrsaal  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Franck

March 2 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Le Grand Live de France Musique  -  Théâtre de l'Alliance Française  -  Concert  -  Works by Ravel

February 27 2019  -  Paris, France  -  City Hall of the 15th arrondissement  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven and Liszt

February 22 2019  -  Anthering, Austria  -  Kulturverein Anthering  -  Rossstall  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Franck

February 19 2019  -  Munich, Germany  -  Klassik vor Acht  -  Herkulessaal  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt

February 12 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Goethe-Institut  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt

February 2 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Les Nocturnes de l'Aude  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt

January 29 2019  -  Paris, France  -  Musée Marmottan-Monet  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt

January 25 2019  -  Paris, France  -  MPAA Saint-Germain  -  With the Via Luce Orchestra, Peter Vizard (conductor)  -  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Archives 2018

December 21 2018  -  Boulogne-Billancourt, France  -  La Seine Musicale  -  With Josquin Otal (piano), Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin (conductor)   -  Concerti for one and two pianos by J. S. Bach

December 9-16 2018  -  Singapore  -  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises MS Europa 2  -  Two Chamber Music Concerts with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin), Christoph Seybold (violin), Muriel Razavi (viola), and Marcin Sieniawski (cello)  -  Works by Liszt, Brahms, Liadov, Enescu, Waxman, and Saint-Saëns

December 5 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Private Recital  -  Duo and Trio with Christoph Seybold (violin) and Adrien Frasse-Sombet (cello) Works by Mozart, Waxman, and Brahms

December 4 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Le 19 LCL  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Chopin, Schumann, Liadov, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Liszt

December 1 2018  -  Geneva, Switzerland  -  L'Abri Foundation  -  Duo Recital with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin)  -  Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev

November 17 2018  -  Chelles, France  -  Friandises Musicales  -  Logis d'Euterpe  -  Duo Recital with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin)  -  Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Schumann

November 13 2018  -  Bratislava, Slovakia  -  New Masters on Tour  -  Small Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic  -  Recital  -  Works by Ravel, and Liszt

November 4 2018  -  Amsterdam, Netherlands  -  New Masters on Tour  -  Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw  -  Recital  -  Works by Ravel and Liszt

October 31 2018  -  Bergen, Netherlands  -  New Masters on Tour  -   Private Recital  -  Works by Ravel and Liszt

October 29 2018  -  Texel, Netherlands  -  New Masters on Tour  -  Hervormde Kerk Den Hoorn  -  Recital  -  Works by Ravel and Liszt

October 14 2018  -  Tamsweg, Austria  -  Jeunesse - Musikalische Jugend Österreichs  -  Schloss Kuenburg  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Franck

September 24 2018  -  Boulogne-Billancourt, France  -  La Seine Musicale  -  Season Opening of the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky  -  Works by Ravel

August 8-15 2018  -  La Roque-d'Anthéron, France  -  Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron  -  Ensemble in Residence together with Brieuc Vourch (violin)

July 21 2018  -  Limoges, France  -  Festival 1001 Notes  -  Espace Cité  -  Solo and Duo Recital with Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Strauss, Liszt, Pärt, and Strauss

July 12 2018  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d'été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Duo Recital with Benjamin Herzl (violin)  -  Works by Grieg, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, and Franck

July 9 2018  -  Lourmarin, France  -  Festival des Musiques d'été du Château de Lourmarin  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and Liszt

July 1 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Cercle Cendrars  -  Private Solo and Duo Recital with Adrien Frasse-Sombet (cello)  -  Works by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy, Elgar, Chopin, Schumann, Kreisler, and Brahms

June 11 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Festival des Cultures Juives  -  City Hall of the 3rd arrondissement  -  Recital  -  Works by Ravel, Chopin, and Liszt

June 7 2018  -  Sutton Courtenay, United Kingdom  -  The Abbey Sutton Courtenay  -  Recital  -  Works by Ravel, Chopin, and Liszt

June 5 2018  -  London, United Kingdom  -  St Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Duo Recital with Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Händel, Franck, and Saint-Saëns

June 1 2018  -  Kapellen, Belgium  -  Atelier of Enny Huylebroeck  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Ravel, Chopin, and Liszt

May 29 2018  -  Brussels, Belgium  -  Private Recital  -  Works by Ravel, Chopin, and Liszt

May 26 2018  -  Geneva, Switzerland  -  L'Abri Foundation  -  Recital  -  Works by Chopin, and Liszt

May 22 2018  -  Biel, Switzerland  -  Révélations -Jeunes maîtres  -  Farelsaal  -  Duo Recital with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin)  -  Works by Schumann, Andres, and Prokofiev

May 12 2018  -  Cremona, Italy  -  Palazzo Cattaneo Ala Ponzone  -  Duo with Ekaterina Valiulina (violin)  -  Works by Schumann

May 5-6 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Young Talents Competition  -  Rotary 2018  -  Rossini and his era  -  Jury member

April 9 2018  -  Marseille, France  -  La Criée - National Theatre  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Chopin, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Liszt

March 25 2018  -  Magny-les-Hameaux, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  National Museum of Port-Royal des Champs, Salle Gazier  -  Recital  -  Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt

March 24 2018  -  Magny-les-Hameaux, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  National Museum of Port-Royal des Champs, Salle Gazier  -  Duo and trio with François Salque (cello) and Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Fauré, Brahms, Debussy, and Mendelssohn

March 19 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Embassy of Austria  -  Duo Recital with Brieuc Vourch (violin)  -  Works by Kreisler and Korngold

March 9 2018  -  Berlin, Germany  -  Piano Salon Christophori  -  Duo and trio with Brieuc Vourch (violin) and Ella van Poucke (cello)  -  Works by Schubert, Franck, and Mendelssohn

February 27 2018  -  Paris, France  -  Festival du Bruit qui Pense  -  Private Recital for the Patrons of the Festival  -  Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel

January 26 2018  -  Salzburg, Austria  -  Universität Mozarteum  -  Solitär  -  Recital  -  Works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Ravel

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Discography

Ingmar Lazar – Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major « Les Adieux », op. 81a

7 Bagatelles, Op. 33

Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Lyrinx LYR 305

Ingmar Lazar – Schubert

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Wanderer-Fantasie in C Major Op. 15, D.760

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Der Wanderer S. 558, No. 11

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959

Lyrinx LYR 2302

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Suite in G
Ingmar Lazar, piano


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for violin and piano
Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin
Ingmar Lazar, piano


Sonata for cello and piano
Natalia Khoma, cello
Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano


La Mer
transcription for two pianos and six hands by André Caplet (1878-1925)
Andriy Dragan, piano I
Oxana Rapita & Myroslav Dragan, piano II


Suoni e Colori SC253532

Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
Concerto no. 2 (1979) for violin and orchestral ensemble
Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin
"Lviv Virtuosi" Orchestra
Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor


Sonatina (1934) for violin and piano
Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin
Ingmar Lazar, piano


Preludio and momento capriccioso by Carl Maria von Weber (1964) for 2 violins, viola, cello, and harp
Alexandre Brussilovsky & Gabriel Tchalik, violins
Benjamin Beck, viola
Benjamin Truchi, cello
Pauline Haas, harp


Five Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1975) for flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp
Pessoa Quintet

Divertimento (1974) for flute and chamber orchestra
Matteo Cesari, flute
Orchestra of the Lviv National Lysenko Academy
Yuri Bervetsky, conductor


Suoni e Colori SC253522



Koletchko - The Little Engagement Ring
Jewish Music from the 20th Century for Violin - Volume II

Joseph Achron (1886-1943)
Scissors (Nuptial Dance) for violin and piano
Jewish Lullaby for violin and piano


Efrem Podgaits (1949-)
Partita for violin solo
Elegy for violin and piano
Waltz for a Non Existing Movie for violin and piano
Ironical Pas de Deux for violin and piano
Melancholic Angel for violin solo
Kol Nidrei for violin and strings
Koletchko - the Little Engagement Ring for violin and strings

Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin
Ingmar Lazar, piano
Ensemble Ricercata de Paris


Suoni e Colori SC253432



Heaven's Gate
Jewish Music from the 20th Century for Violin – Volume I

Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)
Sonata in G Major for violin solo

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)
Sonatina Op. 46 for violin and piano

Mikhail Bronner (1952-)
Adam and Eve for violin and bayan
Heaven's Gate for violin and strings

Alexandre Brussilovsky, violin
Ingmar Lazar, piano
Maria Vlassova, bayan
Ensemble Ricercata de Paris


Suoni e Colori SC253422

Reviews

Nordsee Zeitung - January 2nd 2020
Lazar the Bold

"Alexander Scriabin included an epigraph to his 5th Sonata: « I call you to life, O mysterious forces! Drowned in the obscure depths of the creative spirit, timid shadows of life, to you I bring boldness. »

Lazar the Bold

"Alexander Scriabin included an epigraph to his 5th Sonata: « I call you to life, O mysterious forces! Drowned in the obscure depths of the creative spirit, timid shadows of life, to you I bring boldness. »

These words could well have described the recital given by Ingmar Lazar before a packed audience at the Festsaal of the Burg Bad Bederkesa. The 26-year-old French pianist performed each of the works on the programme in a life-affirming manner but without excessive melancholy. In Joseph Haydn's Variations in F minor, the passages were not only sparkling, they were emotionally powerful. He brought similar light to bear on Beethoven's Sonata No. 32.

The second part of the recital was even more thrilling. Lazar played Chopin's 3rd Scherzo poignantly and unexaggeratedly and with inner calm. In Franz Liszt's transcription of Schubert's « Der Wanderer », Lazar illustrated a waverer whose wandering thoughts were woven into a melody as simple as it is beautiful. Two pieces from Ravel's « Miroirs » also showed Lazar at his best.

Scriabin's Sonata was without question the high point of the programme as we witnessed Lazar plunge fearlessly into the maelstrom, deftly handling its rhythmical intricacies, rich ornamentations, and complex motivical developments. The standing ovation he received was more than deserved." Thorsten Meyer


Meller Kreisblatt - September 1st 2019

"We could hear in Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 Op. 39 the enormous virtuoso tone quality that this performer has to offer. In two movements of Maurice Ravel's « Miroirs » he chose to bring his listeners to the marvelously picturesque world of the « Oiseaux tristes ». In the « Barque sur l'océan », he took us sailing from waves to storm. Ingmar Lazar is a sound painter of the impressionist school." Conny Rutsch


Diapason - June 2019

"(...) Lazar plays with precision, conviction and intellectual understanding, His [Beethoven] Sonata « Les Adieux » is well-thought out in each of the three movements. (...) He offers a vivid performance of the Bagatelles Op. 33, bringing out the singing qualities of the music when necessary. There follows the Sonata Op. 111 which this 26-year-old plays splendidly. It is as analytical and thoughtful as it is spontaneous, concentrated, and free from technical constraints. Everything sounds as it should be and one has the impression it all comes from the score, including the rendering of Beethoven's last sonata that holds the listener from beginning to end. We are under the impression that this young performer is completely committed, tackling the pieces head on with nothing but technique and youthful ambition (...)" Alain Lompech


Classica - June 2019

"The Marseille audience was quite simply astonished by Ingmar Lazar's magnetic performance. In a perfect meeting of the minds, this pianist was a mediator between composer and listener by delivering what we consider to be the very essence of each work. Such maturity is impressive from an artist and founder - director of the excellent Festival du Bruit qui Pense who has just turned 26. His rendering of Beethoven's fascinating Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 positively sparkle, whether it be it the precision of the Scherzo or the sharpness of the Allegro (No. 2). In the Sonata « Les Adieux », Lazar captivates from the word go. The introductory Adagio is played very simply, the pianist bringing out the melodic line. However, the listeners hold their breath in the following stripped-down reading of the Andante espressivo. Surprisingly, the Vivacissimamente starts calmly, perhaps in order not to blur the counterpoint. But what tremendous energy follows … and what an amazing use of the pedal. The 1st movement of the Sonata No. 32 (...) is impressive for its clarity and rubato ; Lazar leads us through the intricacies of the Arietta, whose successive variations appear to be linked by one single breath. Lazar lays bare the structure of the music which is as troubling as it is captivating. Until the very last note." Jérémie Cahen


France Inter, « Classic & Co » - 13 avril 2019

"Ingmar Lazar displays as much power as finesse. His playing is deep, and moves the listeners by its unaffected straightforwardness. The revelation of an engaging and very sensitive artist." Anna Sigalevitch


Süddeutsche Zeitung - February 20 2019

"The account he gave of Beethoven's Sonata Op. 111 in Munich's Herkulessaal was astounding. He conceived the first movement in an almost lyrical manner, where most pianists set in stone the strength of the chords. (...). In doing so, Lazar searched for beauty with his tone production. (...) The virtuosic ending of [Ravel's] « Alborada del gracioso » was brilliantly controled, (...) as well as a stupendous Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Liszt (...)." Andreas Pernpeintner


Classica - June 2018

"The theme of the Wanderer, which is the significant common thread of his Schubert recording, illustrates all of his interpretative approach. The Wanderer Fantasie requires not only practically Lisztian pianistic qualities, but also a mental organization that is necessary to unite Schubert's different states of mind. Ingmar Lazar displays a convincing musical narration, and a sense of urgency that doesn't deprive choices of well-thought tempi. His impressive virtuosity never interferes with the global musical quality, which is the one of a true storyteller with a natural sense of breath. Liszt's transcription of the lied « Der Wanderer » was performed with a beautiful touch and a great sense of theatrical culmination. In the Sonata D.959, the mastery of the elements between violence and vocal declamation was rendered with power and suppleness, fluidity and lyricism, well-served by a refined sound recording. A superb achievement which stands up to best performers including Serkin, Lupu, Leonskaja, Zacharias for the Sonata, and Arrau, Brendel, Fleisher, Richter, or the inimitable Sofronitsky for the Wanderer Fantasie."Michel Le Naour


Opus Haute Définition - January 29 2018

"Ingmar Lazar doesn't lack personality, and this can be heard from the very first notes of [Schubert's] Wanderer Fantasie. With fire and fervor, sounds are crafted, chiseled, and shaped within a flamboyant musical discourse, displaying beautiful singing melodic lines. Ingmar Lazar unveils a Schubert that is more classical than romantic, more « Beethovenian » to a certain extent. This could surprise, but the uncompromising technique of the French pianist hits home for a constant musical delight. A first SACD to be urgently discovered!" Jean-Jacques Millo


France Inter, « Classic & Co » - January 14 2018

"Ingmar Lazar offers us a straightforward performance of Schubert's music. A piano playing that can be as powerful as it can be delicate, which sings, breathes widely, moves and touches the listener." Anna Sigalevitch


Musikzen - December 16 2017

The promising Schubertian temperament of the young Ingmar Lazar

"Ingmar Lazar demonstrates effortless technique for this repertoire, and an artistic maturity demanding to blossom even more. He possesses – and it is here the most important – the sense of Schubertian timing, with it's heavenly lengths (as Schumann was saying), and where digressions often lead to fulfillment." François Lafon


Radio România Muzical - January 26 2016

Ingmar Lazar at the Romanian Athenaeum

"The pianist accomplished an extraordinary task by bringing all of the musical intentions to life; this endeavour seemed to take all but his last drop of energy. (…) Ingmar Lazar demonstrated a beautiful clarity of style, as well as a very rational approach regarding the development of the repertoire's architectural process.

Ingmar Lazar at the Romanian Athenaeum

"The pianist accomplished an extraordinary task by bringing all of the musical intentions to life; this endeavour seemed to take all but his last drop of energy. (…) Ingmar Lazar demonstrated a beautiful clarity of style, as well as a very rational approach regarding the development of the repertoire's architectural process.

Given his attitude on stage, one could often forget what a young musician we had in front of us. (…)

The « romantic » second half of the concert was a triumphant conclusion to a recital which had already proven itself a success." Radu Mihalache


Adevărul.ro - January 25 2016

Ingmar Lazar at the Romanian Athenaeum

"On January 24th, at the 80th anniversary of the opening of the French Institute of Bucharest, the young French pianist Ingmar Lazar gave a recital at the Romanian Athenaeum. His interpretation was full of sensitivity: considered by some to be the best French pianist of the new generation, he exceeded the expectations of the audience with great brilliance.

Ingmar Lazar at the Romanian Athenaeum

"On January 24th, at the 80th anniversary of the opening of the French Institute of Bucharest, the young French pianist Ingmar Lazar gave a recital at the Romanian Athenaeum. His interpretation was full of sensitivity: considered by some to be the best French pianist of the new generation, he exceeded the expectations of the audience with great brilliance.

(…)

On the stage of the Athenaeum, Ingmar Lazar seemed to be unassuming and fragile, which made me think of the delicate personality that I imagine Frédéric Chopin to have had. The young man was actually not fragile at all: after the organizers forgot to take the music stand out of the piano, he lifted it as if it were a feather. And there was another surprise thereafter that remained to be discovered. Finally, with eyebrows furrowed, I entered into the magic of the music along with the soloist and the public.

The culmination of the evening was obviously the Andantino of Schubert's Sonata in A Major D.959 – the emotional interpretation reinforced the romantic impression that I mentioned above. But the surprise came in the more powerful part of the programme, represented by Mozart's Sonata in C minor KV. 457 and Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1, which were performed with great passion and musical power. (…)

The general impression I received from the interpretation, beyond the beauty of the programme itself, was that I had observed a musician with an original and personal way of playing, who succeeded effortlessly in juggling various musical styles.

The audience could fully enjoy the delights of the ears and the movements of the heart, as a writer-chronicler from two centuries ago would have said. The soloist thanked them after their long applause with the wonderful Prelude after Bach by Alexander Siloti in B minor, an encore that remained in our memories and warmed us throughout the frosty way home." Dragoş Butuzea


swissclassic.org - November 14 2014

A Young Master of the Piano

"Aged 21, coming from Paris and having studied with some of the most famous and respected professors, Ingmar Lazar started with a Suite in G by Jean-Philippe Rameau from the 3rd Book of Pieces for Harpsichord (1726). Finely chiseled music enriched with numerous ornamentations. Work for a clear mind, as well as the fingers. ...

A Young Master of the Piano

"Aged 21, coming from Paris and having studied with some of the most famous and respected professors, Ingmar Lazar started with a Suite in G by Jean-Philippe Rameau from the 3rd Book of Pieces for Harpsichord (1726). Finely chiseled music enriched with numerous ornamentations. Work for a clear mind, as well as the fingers. It was a real pleasure to listen to Ingmar Lazar, playing on the modern piano instead of the harpsichord with equal precision and accuracy, lively and vivid, with a perfect understanding of the late French baroque style, and without succumbing to dryness. A perfectly successful first impression.

After Rameau followed Ravel. Claude Debussy as well as Maurice Ravel often looked back upon Rameau and their predecessors of the 18th century. To continue the programme with Ravel was, in this sense, perfectly logical. We heard Une barque sur l'océan, followed by Alborada del gracioso, pieces from Miroirs, composed between 1904 and 1906. These two pieces were orchestrated by Ravel, and there is an unintentional expectation to hear all the richness of the orchestra's colours on the piano. In the Barque sur l'océan, it was the piano sonority that dominated at the beginning. But it would also be logical to perform the original piano version in a pianistic way. We started to listen with our eyes as well during his execution – the big waves, the foam, the noise of the wind, the acoustic and the visual were united and mixed with each other. Many subtle colours came out of the instrument. The Alborada del gracioso started strictly and firmly, exactly as it should for this imitation of a Spanish guitar. The central part is freer and almost improvised, but the absolute clarity and precision of the interpreter remained, and he succeeded in creating the ideal atmosphere that is required here, with the outbursts, the quivering glissandi, the repeated notes, and the orchestral colours as well. The playing of Ingmar Lazar is fascinating in its diversity and richness, technically flawless and at the same time in possession of a great orchestral logic.

At the end of the first French part of the recital, we discovered for the first time in Biel, perhaps even in Switzerland, the Cinq préludes composed in 1997 by the composer Éric Tanguy (born in 1968). These are again highly demanding pianistic pieces, the first one very virtuosic, the others more lyrical, and the last one almost violent, with thundering fortississimo octaves. These works immediately seduced the public, and Ingmar Lazar performed them in an ideal manner.

The listeners were delighted after the intermission with Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52 and the two Nocturnes Op. 48. I say « delighted » because the interpretation of the young pianist was a great moment full of emotion. In the Ballade, Ingmar Lazar told an imaginary story with a perfect understanding of the dramatic development, extracting wonderful colours out of the piano, and making it sing as well. The Nocturne in C minor was an event in itself in this overwhelming performance, and the following piece in F-sharp minor was a delicate answer to the drama of the previous one.

The programme ended with Alexander Scriabin's Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, which confirmed essentially all that we had heard until then: an unerring sense of the work's structure, a fearless approach and an uncompromising artistical message with a transcendent technique, reaching a great liberty of expression. The listeners who came out of pure curiosity to discover a young talent left the concert after an encore by Liadov with the feeling of having met a young master of the piano, and that they had had the luck to attend an enriching experience." Daniel Andres


Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin - December 13 2012

"Ingmar Lazar presented an exceptional recital with works by Chopin and Szymanowski on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 at 8 p.m. Even though he is still a student at the Hochschule in Hanover and despite his young age, Ingmar is already an accomplished pianist who has a musical conception that goes beyond the surface of the works and habits considered traditional." Peter Vizard

 


Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - July 10 2012

"Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, known as «Jeunehomme », is quite a large-scale piece that reflects the astonishing maturity of the young composer. (…) We were captivated by the almost cheerful abundance and eloquence of the first movement. The synthesis of the soloist and the Russian orchestra, more than their dialogue, was the main quality of this performance: it went its expressive way without forcing the text. The tragic Andantino in C minor was played without insistence on the excessive weight that some put into it. The sprightly Finale was performed as it should be, always light in spirit and dark of texture. This went well with the simple classicism that is always so difficult to sustain. Almost everywhere, the instinctive feeling of the soloist was evident." Pierre Chevreau


Der Westen - February 27 2012

"In the interpretation of Scriabin's 5th Sonata given by Ingmar Lazar, who is only 18 years old, the extreme contradictions seemed to answer to each other in a significant manner." Roland Dymke

 


Nordkurier - June 25 2010

Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern
The Paris-born pianist Ingmar Lazar impressed with a Chopin recital


"Following his sparkling Liszt programme last year, he played in Vorpommern on Wednesday evening. (…) This time, he had prepared a purely Chopin programme in honor of the Chopin anniversary. ...

Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern
The Paris-born pianist Ingmar Lazar impressed with a Chopin recital


"Following his sparkling Liszt programme last year, he played in Vorpommern on Wednesday evening. (…) This time, he had prepared a purely Chopin programme in honor of the Chopin anniversary.

Youthful, black suit, white shirt, no tie, with an attitude that reflects calmness, he strode onto the stage with a serious face, turned to the audience, smiled politely, sat down at the instrument and immediately became introspective. He began the Fantaisie in F minor as if improvising, still searching.

Gradually, he worked himself into a fury, opened the dynamics for the forte and built up to a robust sound, raising his playing to an almost hectic virtuosity which was able to base itself on an amazingly brilliant accuracy. The programme continued with two Nocturnes and the Polonaise in F-sharp minor, the latter performed with emphasized fieriness for dramatic effect. Occasionally, the young pianist allowed both hands to differ metrically from each other, creating the impression of spontaneous inspiration without a hint of perfect reproduction - even in the fast passages.

The evening continued with the technical finesse of two Etudes from Opus 25. The cascades in the right hand effervesced wildly in A minor over the simple bass motive that every Chopin lover has been brought up on. And the double octaves in B minor came across as thundering eruptions which shook the player's whole body.

But Lazar's fingers are also suited to the sensitive side of Chopin's piano style. He sometimes sings along quietly to the melodic treble parts while allowing middle-range tones to seep out of them, thereby changing the direction of the harmonic current unexpectedly into surprising new paths, and allowing himself time for delicately placed chords.

(…)

In the Sonata in B-flat minor, the pianist developed the greater portion of his expressiveness with dramatic themes which demanded enormous virtuosity and led him to the edge of ecstasy." Michael Baumgartl


Musikzen - March 25 2019

Ingmar Lazar's invigorating Beethoven

"(...) for the young French pianist trained in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, the Seven Bagatelles [Op. 33] are the perfect way to display an invigorating and nimble playing in a short form - particularly the delightful pirouettes of the Fifth. Sense of drive but also of restraint are cleverly balanced, in the same spirit of his Schubert album, which suit well to the tempestuous Sonata No. 26 « Les Adieux » (...)." Franck Mallet

 


Journal Zibeline - August 2018

"A wonderful ethereal performance of Franck with Brieuc Vourch and Ingmar Lazar" Jacques Freschel

 


L'Abri - May 2018

"The (...) Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514 was measured and structured with a touch that is fluid, nuanced, and engaging in the outburst of notes and chords. His interpretation leaves a strong emotional impression. This concert could not have been imagined without this exceptional performer."

 


L'Abri - November 2017

"Ingmar Lazar is a pianist with brilliant technique. The most perfect example of it was to be found in his performance of La Campanella, from the Grandes études de Paganini S.141, in G-sharp minor. ...

"Ingmar Lazar is a pianist with brilliant technique. The most perfect example of it was to be found in his performance of La Campanella, from the Grandes études de Paganini S.141, in G-sharp minor.

The programme of his recital, very well structured, started with the Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven, as to prepare the audience for Liszt's arrival with his transcription of Schubert's Der Wanderer, followed by the overflowing La Campanella that the young performer carried to glory with the vigor of desire. (…) The musical personality of this performer has to be spread… further and further!"


România Mare - February 29 2016

Angel wings on the keyboard

"On the frosty evening of January 24th, the full house of concertgoers at the Romanian Athenaeum was enthralled by the young French pianist Ingmar Lazar. ...

Angel wings on the keyboard

"On the frosty evening of January 24th, the full house of concertgoers at the Romanian Athenaeum was enthralled by the young French pianist Ingmar Lazar. Invited by the French Embassy in honor of the 80th anniversary of the creation of the French Institute of Bucharest, the performer truly bewitched his public with a brilliant programme: Franz Schubert's Sonata D. 959 in A Major; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sonata KV. 457 in C minor; Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F minor; George Enescu's Pièce sur le nom de Fauré; and Franz Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1. A rich and demanding programme performed with depth (Schubert), a velvet touch and diaphanous sonorities (Mozart), profound delicacy (Chopin), maturity (Enescu), and an irresistible and impetuous grasp (Liszt).

(…)

I am still overwhelmed by the dazzling presence of the artist six years ago in his first appearance at the Radio Hall [in Bucharest], where he performed Chopin's 1st Concerto and moved his audience to tears of happiness. Ingmar Lazar is a certainty. A brilliant career awaits him, for the joy of those who will hear him." Alina Muşat Popovici


Raftul cu idei - January 26 2016

Ingmar Lazar, the piano whisperer

"[Ingmar Lazar] is a real piano whisperer: he tames the piano, educates it, argues with it, caresses it, plays with it, quarrels with it, and fights with it. During his nearly two-hour long recital, I had the impression that he went through a whole range of possible relationships, using up verb after verb, and I thought the only thing left for him to do at the end was to marry the piano under our prolonged applause. In an attitude worthy of Dickens, « Please sir, may I have some more? », we were begging to hear more." Ivona Boitan

 


Cahiers Bernard Lazare - May 2015

"Could one imagine Schubert's great Sonata in A Major, D. 959 performed more beautifully, more tenderly, and in a simpler way? The evenness of a refined touch in perfectly curved lines gently brought us the modesty of the theme. This was followed by other sound and rhythmical qualities in a sensual Ravel, a stunning finale of Prokofiev's Sonata No. 4, and delightful pieces by Rameau given as encores !" Éric Heidsieck

 


Braunschweiger Zeitung - June 18 2014

The Depths of Romanticism
Ingmar Lazar astounded with his pianistic journeys


" « I call you to life, O mysterious forces ! » Scriabin's epigraph, cited in his 5th Sonata with which Ingmar Lazar culminated his recital, could have been the leitmotiv of his whole programme. ...

The Depths of Romanticism
Ingmar Lazar astounded with his pianistic journeys


" «I call you to life, O mysterious forces! » Scriabin's epigraph, cited in his 5th Sonata with which Ingmar Lazar culminated his recital, could have been the leitmotiv of his whole programme.

The young French pianist treated the audience to an immaculate, supple performance. In the classical and romantic works that he performed, the necessary expressiveness of the repertoire benefited from added depths thanks to his infallible technique and his uncompromising approach. He was able to create a remarkable atmosphere in Schubert's late A Major Sonata that comprised the first part of his recital. With great logic, the pianist linked the recurrent display of audacious passages with the charming dance scenes. Even in the extreme culmination of the gently swaying dance rhythm of the Andantino (a real trip of the romantic era), Ingmar Lazar's playing remained clear and rigorous.

His execution of Beethoven's Sonata No. 5 in the tragic tonality of C minor was also clearly constructed, with a perfect balance between the menacing themes and their lyrical opponents. Wonderful singing tranquility characterised the Adagio, and Lazar demonstrated his wonderful technical skills in the Prestissimo finale. His interpretation of the Chopin Nocturne No. 16 in E-flat Major was completely different, showing a side of the romantic composer in one of his most mystical meditations. This 'night music' was full of intimate warmth, and Lazar also kept a clear metric organization and formal rigour in the complex rhythmical irregularities.

Scriabin's Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, which followed, variously bearing the appellation of poem, is a real adventurous pianistic work with its unexpected eruptions, and with notations such as Con Stravaganza and Estatico. The audacity with which Lazar pounced on the keys was remarkable; drunkenness and ecstasy, with brief melancholic interruptions. The pianist graciously provided the enthusiastic public with three encores." Ulrich Thiele


L'Alsace - July 10 2012

A virtuosic "Jeunehomme" Concerto

" (…) Deliberately refusing a demonstrative type of playing, Ingmar Lazar preferred a virtuosity without swagger and a sensitivity expressed with the greatest reflection. These produced a great blend with the orchestra. (…)" Jacques Weil

 


Le Berry Républicain - May 25 2012

"Alexandre Brussilovsky and Ingmar Lazar played with evident pleasure. It was not difficult for these two musicians to captivate their audience with such great talent."

 


Viaţa noastră - December 16 2010

The Moscow Virtuosi in Tel Aviv

"Ingmar Lazar has a number of qualities that are rare, especially for his age: a rich tone of great quality; perfect velocity; the so called « pearled touch »; a subtly nuanced agility and a cantabile phrasing that Mozart transposed to the keyboard through his knowledge of opera composition. (…)" Ruth Guttman Ben Zvi

 


Weser Kurier - June 19 2010

A Wonderfully Controlled Performance

"Lazar was able to surprise everyone with a maturity of playing and interpretation far beyond his 17 years. He certainly did not make life easy for himself when deciding on the order of the works, as he chose to follow the Fantaisie Op. 49 with the Polonaise Op. 44, the two Nocturnes Op. 48, and finally the Scherzo Op. 39. His control was remarkable, and he brought this highly virtuoso, challenging piece to life. ...

A Wonderfully Controlled Performance

"Lazar was able to surprise everyone with a maturity of playing and interpretation far beyond his 17 years. He certainly did not make life easy for himself when deciding on the order of the works, as he chose to follow the Fantaisie Op. 49 with the Polonaise Op. 44, the two Nocturnes Op. 48, and finally the Scherzo Op. 39. His control was remarkable, and he brought this highly virtuoso, challenging piece to life.

If he had not done so already, after the interval, the French pianist won over the remaining hearts of his audience. The Mazurkas Op. 59 provided phases of atmospheric serenity before reaching the Sonata Op. 35, with which the guest achieved his « tour de force ». The four heterogeneous movements - strictly speaking only actually strung together in a row - were bound together by Lazar with stylistic vehemence into an exciting whole. The stormy opening theme of the Doppio movimento in the first movement still retained clarity and inner serenity. Wonderfully controlled playing - which Lazar showed - is the prerequisite for the second movement (Scherzo), with its widely spaced chords and precarious octave leaps. The popular Funeral March, the third movement, had serenity and atmosphere, whereas the immediately following Presto rushed past at the limits of its tempo almost in a dreamlike sequence. Enthusiastic applause followed and was rewarded with an encore." Manfred Züghart


Schaumburger Wochenblatt - March 24 2010

Ingmar Lazar brings Frederic Chopin back to life Brilliant piano concert delights the audience

"Frederic Chopin (…) would have thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the Spiegelsaal 200 years later and being witness to a musically exceptional talent performing his works with virtuosity. (…) Ingmar Lazar brilliantly understands how to bestow Chopin's musical works with his own interpretation. His concentration, his intuition and his ear for musical nuances were very impressive. (…) His concert was a delight from the opening piece onwards. His Etudes and Mazurkas were as brilliant as his Waltz. (…) The audience bid their farewell to Ingmar Lazar with a standing ovation."

 


România Mare - March 5 2010

A Young Genius

"During the extraordinary concert at the Mihail Jora Concert Hall in Bucharest, Ingmar Lazar performed the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. I am not mistaken in declaring that a new Dinu Lipatti has been born, with a technique floating on the perfumed water of excellence and a sensitivity that reminds me of the famous great neo-romantic artists like George Enescu." Doru Popovici

 


Schaumburger Zeitung - March 9 2010

Brilliantly virtuosic magical sounds of Chopin
Young pianist Ingmar Lazar hailed by the audience


"[Lazar's] interpretation of Chopin so impressed the audience that they bade their farewell to him with a standing ovation.
(…) He addressed the task of interpreting the artistically distinct periods of Chopin's life in all their colourful facets. In doing so, he withstood the temptation of simply dazzling by pure virtuosity. Instead, he impressed with the detailed plasticity of his shaping and he succeeded brilliantly in uncovering the varying moods of the pieces. (…)

Brilliantly virtuosic magical sounds of Chopin
Young pianist Ingmar Lazar hailed by the audience


"[Lazar's] interpretation of Chopin so impressed the audience that they bade their farewell to him with a standing ovation.
(…) He addressed the task of interpreting the artistically distinct periods of Chopin's life in all their colourful facets. In doing so, he withstood the temptation of simply dazzling by pure virtuosity. Instead, he impressed with the detailed plasticity of his shaping and he succeeded brilliantly in uncovering the varying moods of the pieces. (…) Ingmar Lazar and Chopin were more than just an impressive combination.
(…) His mastery allowed a broad scale of expression to unfold, such as in the Fantasie Op. 49 or the 3 Mazurkas Op. 59 that followed. (…)

It was surprising how quickly we forgot everything we thought about Chopin performers and marvelled at the charm that was prevalent during his playing. In the very exciting Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39, with which he ended his recital, Ingmar Lazar also revealed absolutely reliable virtuosity and accurate delicacy. A Sonata movement, which was played as an encore due to the rapturous applause, was an extra highlight."


Le Quotidien du Médecin - November 23 2009

"We will not forget the performance of Ingmar Lazar. He demonstrated a perfect mastery of the instrument and an undeniable artistic temperament." Olivier Brunel

 


La Croix - January 13 2006

The Child Prodigy and the Other

"It was one of those shocks where one was left wondering: the two hands of the child running on the keyboard, his ten fingers dancing like Lilliputs from left to right. A sovereign mastery showed that we are dealing with a young prodigy who draws silence from the listener." Pierre-Yves le Priol

 


Aller-Zeitung - September 24 2007

"Ingmar Anthony Lazar mastered Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata brilliantly. The fast-paced runs and polyphonic trills seemed to cause the 14-year-old as little difficulty as did Chopin's Polonaise Op. 44, impressive in its temperament and expressiveness."

 


La Lettre du Musicien - Mai 2004

"Ingmar Anthony Lazar, at ten years old, gave a light, vivid, sparkling, really convincing performance of Liszt's Gnomenreigen." Sylvia Avrand-Margot

 


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