'... a persuasive interpreter with glowing drive and triumphant resolve.' - Howard Smith
French pianist Hélène Grimaud was born in Aix-en-Provence on 7 November 1969. She began learning piano at seven, and studied with Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1987, the year in which she began her professional career, her recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Sonata No 2 won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros.
She lived for a while in the USA and then Berlin, but her home is currently in Switzerland, where she continues her career as a pianist and also studies and raises wolves at a centre that she co-founded.
A selection of M&V articles about Hélène Grimaud
CD Spotlight. Amongst the Best - Schumann and Strauss from Grimaud and Zinman, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... a marvelous disc to add to your collection ...'
Ensemble. Eagerly Awaited - Opening night at Severance Hall, by Suzanne Torrey
CD Spotlight. Limitless Passion - Hélène Grimaud plays Rachmaninov, recommended by Howard Smith. '... glowing drive and triumphant resolve.'
CD Spotlight. Instinctive Artistry - Jill Crossland plays Mozart and Beethoven, heard by Howard Smith. '... a distinctive, beautifully considered performance.'