Gabriel Tacchino

Biography

Born: August 4, 1934; Cannes, France  
Gabriel Tacchino was propelled to international stardom after winning a string of competition prizes in the mid-'50s. By the early '60s he was regularly touring the globe and appearing with major conductors, like Karajan, Monteux, Leinsdorf, Horenstein, Cluytens, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Armin Jordan, and countless others. He became a major recording artist in the 1960s, and while he has been less active in that role from about the 1990s, many of his Read more numerous recordings are still available on EMI, Erato, Vox, and Brilliant Classics. Not surprisingly, Tacchino first became identified with French repertory, particularly with the music of Francis Poulenc, with whom he studied. But Tacchino had always possessed a broad repertory and quickly became recognized for his eclectic sensibilities, drawing high praise for his interpretations of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Prokofiev, de Falla, Gershwin, and a spate of others. Tacchino was also a prominent teacher, serving on the faculty at the Paris Conservatory for 20 years (1975-1994).

Gabriel Tacchino was born in Cannes, France, on August 4, 1934. He began piano lessons at six; he studied music at the Paris Conservatory, where his teachers included Jean Batalla, Jacquer Févier, and Marguerite Long. Tacchino won two major competitions -- the Viotti in Vercelli (1953) and the Casella in Naples (1954) -- and won prizes at several others: the Busoni in Bolzano (1954), the Geneva (1955), and the Long-Thibaud in Paris (1957). He debuted in the U.S. in 1962, with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Tacchino began recording the complete piano works of Francis Poulenc for Vox in the 1960s. His next major project for Vox was the cycle of five concertos by Prokofiev, which he recorded from 1972-1977 with conductor Louis de Froment and the Luxembourg RSO. Tacchino began teaching at the Paris Conservatory in 1975 and was already active in the realm of chamber music, regularly collaborating with major artists like Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Bruno Rigutto.

Tacchino also became active in promoting music festivals: in 1975 he founded and has since served as director of the Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes, and he has regularly appeared at the Montreux, Lausanne, Prague, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Summer Festival, Richter Moscow Festival, and many others. Following his 1994 retirement from teaching, Tacchino remained active on the concert scene and has devoted a portion of time to conducting master classes in Switzerland, Canada, Korea, and, from 2006, at Tokyo's University of Fine Arts and Music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Satie: Piano Works; Melodies / Ciccolini
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 573643 Release Date: 08/24/2018   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Mady Mesplé,  Gabriel Bacquier  ... 
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  • 2.
    Poulenc: Piano Melodies / Tacchino
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 564145 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
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  • 3.
    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Tout Satie!: Erik Satie Complete Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553008 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Anne Queffélec,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Jean-Pierre Armengaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Marius Constant,  Michel Plasson,  Pierre Dervaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ars Nova (Sweden)
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  • 6.
    Saint-Saens: Complete Piano Concertos / Tacchino, Froment
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94944 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Orchestra Radio Luxemburg
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  • 7.
    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prêtre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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    Satie: Piano Works / Aldo Ciccolini
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85208 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino
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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Piano Concerto, Les Biches, Etc / Tacchino, Dervaux, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95584 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Aimée Van de Wiele,  Henriette Roget,  Maurice Duruflé
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre,  Pierre Dervaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Poulenc: The Works For Piano / Gabriel Tacchino
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 501363 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Bernard Ringeissen,  Jacques Février
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Poulenc: Oeuvres Pour 2 Pianos / Fevrier, Tacchino
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 63946 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février
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  • 13.
    Satie: Piano Works Vol 5 -  Music For The Dance  / Ciccolini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49760 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino
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    Satie: Piano Works Vol 3
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49713 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Gabriel Tacchino
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  • 15.
    Saint-Saëns: Symphonies, Concertos / Martinon, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92777 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Eugène Ysaÿe
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Ulf Hoelscher,  Bernard Gavoty,  Ralph Kirshbaum
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment,  Pierre Dervaux,  Jean Martinon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 462049 Release Date: 03/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck,  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tacchino, Foster
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4608182 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Poulenc: Aubade, Concerto Pour Piano, Etc / Tacchino, Prêtre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64714 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Bernard Ringeissen,  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 19.
    Saint-saëns: The Complete Music For Piano & Orchestra, Etc
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3028 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Francis Orval,  J.P. Kemmer,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach: Concertos For 3 & 4 Harpsichords
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47063 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Bruno Rigutto,  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris Ensemble
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