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1st Mannheim Palace Concert

Schloss Mannheim, Rittersaal

Eric Le Sage is established as one of the leading pianists of his generation and a famous representative of the French piano school, regularly boasted for his very subtle sound, his real sense of structure and poetic phrasing. Already when he was 20 years old, the Financial Times had described him as "an extremely cultivated disciple of the great French tradition of Schumann piano". In 2010, die Zeit, praised his "ideal French piano aesthetics and clarity"

Eric is invited to perform as a soloist with orchestras at the highest level such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin's Konzerthaus Orchester, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker, Dresden Philharmonie, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Münchner Kammer Orchester, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with conductors like Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève, Pablo Gonzalez, Louis Langrée, Fabien Gabel, Michel Plasson, Kazuki Yamada, Alondra de la Parra, Lionel Bringuier, François Leleux, Michael Stern, Sir Simon Rattle and Yannick Nézet-Seguin.

Eric has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in major venues across the world such as Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, Carnegie Hall, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Cologne Philharmonie, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Schwartzenberg's Schubertiade, Ludwigsburg Festival, Prague's Rudolfinium, Dublin's celebrity series, Edinburgh International Festival, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, la Roque d'Anthéron Festival, Potsdam Sanssouci, Brussels' Bozar, Berlin's Boulezsaal, Berlin Philharmonie.

In 2010 Eric Le Sage released Robert Schumann's complete works for piano for the composer's 200th anniversary. He has been invited to perform in this context in major venues around the world. These recordings for the French label Alpha (Outhere) were awarded in the summer 2010 the very prestigious Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Reviewers from the world over have written elated comments about what is already cited as a reference in the history of Schumann recordings. Following this successful project, Eric Le Sage recorded later a bundle of 5 CDs dedicated to Gabriel Fauré's complete works for chamber music with piano, all covered with awards.

A true chamber music lover, Eric regularly plays with friends like Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Quatuor Ebène, François Leleux, les Vents Français, François Salque, Lise Berthaud, Daishin Kashimoto and many other musicians.

Most of Eric Le Sage's recordings on RCA-BMG, Naïve, EMI and now Alpha were highly acclaimed and awarded the most sought after awards in France: Diapason d'Or de l'Année, Choc de l'Année Classica, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Grand Prix du Disque, Recording of the Month in Fono Forum and Gramophone, Victoire de la Musique.

Born in Aix en Provence, Eric Le Sage was the winner of major international competitions such as Porto in 1985 and the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau, in 1989. He was also a prize-winner at Leeds International competition the same year, which allowed him to perform under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Paul Meyer is not only one of the outstanding clarinetists worldwide and performs regularly with the major orchestras in Europe and the USA, in the Far East and Australia, since 1988 he has also worked internationally as a conductor alongside his solo career. He is the founder of the Orchester de Chambre d'Alsace, was assistant to John Crewe at the Northern Junior Philharmonic in England and was appointed Associate Chief Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra by Myung Whun Chung in 2007, whose international profile he has above all with a French repertoire and works by Roussel, Dukas and Saint-Saëns. Paul Meyer is a co-founder of the orchestra academy there for young artists. From 2009 to 2012, Paul Meyer was chief conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has since worked with well-known orchestras such as the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchester Philharmonique de Nice, l'Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Symphony Orchestra or the China Philharmonic, his artistic work to date is on more than 50 CDs Documented recordings with leading labels, including DGG, Sony, RCA, EMI and Virgin; for this he was awarded numerous prizes such as Fono-Forum, Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Gramophon and Grammy Awards. His recordings as a conductor with the Camerata Padova (piano concerts by Mozart and Haydn with JM Luisada), with the Royal Philharmonique de Liège (works by Darius Milhaud) and the Brussels Philharmonic (works by Corigliano & Carter), with the Staatskapelle Weimar (cello concert by Elgar & Walton) as well as horn concerts from different epochs with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the highly successful CD "Bolero de Meyer" with the Tokyo Kosei Orchestra. His series of Play & Conduct recordings with the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne has won awards.
In the series of chamber orchestras previously conducted by Paul Meyer, only the following are mentioned: Orchester de Chambre de Paris, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Cham-ber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Munich chamber Orchestra.
In 2012, the French state Paul Meyer awarded the highest cultural award of the "Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" for its musical achievements to date.
In autumn 2018, Paul Meyer was unanimously elected to succeed Johannes Schlaefli as the new chief conductor of the Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra, in whose hands the artistic development of the traditional orchestra will lie from the 2019/2020 season.

24. September 2022
Samstag 19:00 Uhr
Concert introduction at 18:15 Uhr
25. September 2022
Sonntag 18:00 Uhr
Concert introduction at 17:15 Uhr

Johann Evangelist Brandl (1760-1837)
Sinfonie Es-Dur op.12

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Klavierkonzert F-Dur KV 459

Florian Leopold Gassmann (1729-1774)
Ouvertüre zu der Oper "L´Amore Artigiano"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Klavierkonzert B-Dur KV 456