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.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang & Klavierstuck / Genz, Dalberto
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 151 Release Date: 07/28/2017  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Michel Dalberto
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  • 2.
    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Claude Debussy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192902 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Alice Chalifoux,  Michel Dalberto
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    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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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Bach: Concertos Pour Piano / Beroff, Collard, Dalberto, Rigutto, Tacchino, Wallez
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 0833602 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Bruno Rigutto,  Michel Dalberto,  Gabriel Tacchino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
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    Faure: Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 70875 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Michel Dalberto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Nicholas Angelich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    Schumann: Myrthen Op. 25 / Nathalie Stutzmann, Michel Dalberto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564680436 Release Date: 11/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Michel Dalberto
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  • 11.
    The Brahms Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564680814 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Thomas Zehetmair,  Hélène Grimaud,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Domonkos Héja,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Juha Kuivanen,  Pedro Halffter-Caro  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubia Symphony Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    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 Prêtre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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  • 13.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Schumann: Myrthen Op. 25 / Nathalie Stutzmann, Michel Dalberto
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511606 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Michel Dalberto
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  • 15.
    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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  • 16.
    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,  Hélène 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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  • 17.
    Brahms: Horn Trio, Clarinet Trio / Del Vescovo, Portal
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4617922 Release Date: 04/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Pierre Amoyal,  Pierre Del Vescovo,  Frédéric Lodéon  ... 
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    Satie: Relâche, Vexations; Hindemith / Dalberto, Sala, Constant
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4602392 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto,  Oskar Sala
    Conductor:  Marius Constant,  Hans Stadlmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Ensemble,  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Schumann: Abegg Variations, Humoreske, Etc / Michel Dalberto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4612622 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Michel Dalberto
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Chausson: Poeme De L'amour, Chanson Perpetuelle, Melodies / Norman, Jordan
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 48992 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Michel Dalberto,  Jean-Pierre Pigerre,  Salvatore Sansalone  ... 
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Melodies Francaises / Barbara Hendricks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 555388 Release Date: 07/29/2002  
    Composer:  Johann Paul Aegidius Martini,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Léo Delibes,  Henri Duparc  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Michel Dalberto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini Quartet Choir
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  • 24.
    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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