Michel Dalberto


Born: June 2, 1955; Paris, France  
Michel Dalberto has rightly achieved a reputation as one of the leading French pianists of his generation, despite a reserved style and penchant for less flashy repertory. In fact, Dalberto is known for his Mozart and Schubert, and while he plays Liszt, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, and other composers associated with more challenging works, he has generally avoided the virtuosic side of their music. Perhaps Dalberto's greatest accomplishment to date Read more was his recorded cycle of the complete piano works of Schubert, captured on a 14-CD set for the Denon label. Dalberto has also appeared in concert and on recordings as accompanist to singers like Jessye Norman and Barbara Hendricks, and as a collaborator in various chamber works, especially for violin and piano. He has made numerous recordings for a variety of major labels over the years, including Denon, EMI, BMG/RCA, Harmonia Mundi, and Erato.

Dalberto was born on June 2, 1955, in Paris, France. His family was nonmusical, but young Michel began playing the piano before his fourth birthday. At age 12 he was studying with Vlado Perlemuter at the Paris Conservatory. Later teachers included Nikita Magaloff and Jean Hubeau.

In 1975 Dalberto won the Clara Haskil Competition and three years later the Leeds Competition, where he played a Mozart concerto in the final round, the only first-prize winner ever to do so. Debuts in major European cities soon followed, including Paris, Montreal, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, and Rome. His first recordings were also making a splash: on the Erato label discs of Beethoven sonatas (1980), Mozart concertos (1981), and Chausson songs with Jessye Norman (1983), appeared to generally favorable critical response.

From 1988-1995 Dalberto recorded all the piano music of Schubert, one of the few pianists to have taken on this challenge. In 1991 he began serving as chairman of the jury at the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Dalberto signed a contract with BMG in 1997 and his first recording for the label, Debussy's Images and Preludes (Book I) -- released on RCA, achieved wide critical acclaim.

In the new century Dalberto remained busy on the concert and recording scenes. His 2005-2006 concert schedule was brimming with engagements throughout Italy, France, England, Russia, and the U.S., including many appearances with major orchestras. His recordings include a 2004 RCA release of Liszt paraphrases on operatic sources from Wagner and Verdi. Read less
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  • 1.
    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Pierre Boulez,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Mathieu Dufour,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Leonard Bernstein,  Hans Graf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Ensemble Incanto  ... 
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  • 2.
    Debussy: Children’s Corner; Images Book II; Preludes Book II / Dalberto
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Christina [Soprano Vocals] Landshamer  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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    Liszt: Annees De Pelerinage 2 / Michel Dalberto
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto
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  • 6.
    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Jessye Norman,  Han-Na Chang,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Leonard Slatkin,  Georges Prętre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    Romantic Piano: Classical Music For Intimate Moments
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17681 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Michel Béroff,  Valery Afanassiev,  Yuji Takahashi  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
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  • 8.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Piano Music
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17653 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Kyoko Tabe,  Yuji Takahashi,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Jacques Rouvier  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  George Malcolm,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Suk Piano Trio  ... 
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    Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals, Septet, Fantasie, Romance, Etc.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 45603 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Gautier Capuçon,  Marie-Pierre Langlamet,  Renaud Capuçon  ... 
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    Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets / Dalberto, Ottetto Italiano
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47606 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ottetto Italiano members
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    Debussy - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63803 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Catherine Collard,  James Galway,  Michel Dalberto
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Guarneri String Quartet,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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