François-Frédéric Guy is widely regarded an outstanding interpreter of the German Romantics and Beethoven in particular, whose piano sonatas he has recorded in their entirety along with works for cello with Xavier Phillips, for violin with Tedi Papavrami, the 5 concertos with the O.P.R.F. under Philippe Jordan’s direction, and recently released in play/conduct with Sinfornia Varsovia.
Over the course of his career he has performed many different concertos from Brahms to ProkoGiev and Bartok, with some of the world’s greatest conductors including Marc Albrecht, Fabien Gabel, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Jordan, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Kent Nagano, Michał Nesterowicz, Kazushi Ono, Josep Pons, Pascal Rophé, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michael Tilson Thomas, Antoni Witt and Jaap van Zweden.He performed with renowned orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, NDR Hamburg, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Seoul Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC symphony and San Francisco Symphony among others.
Since 2012, he regularly conducts orchestras from keyboard, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire.
He has been associated artist in residence at Orchestre de Chambre de Paris from 2017 to 2020 culminating with a play/conducting complete cycle of Beethoven concerto in Paris ,Theatre des Champs-Elysées for Beethoven 250th anniversary ending with standing ovation.
He has a strong commitment with music of our time and premiered many works by Ivan Fedele, Hugues Dufourt, and Tristan Murail among others.He will premiere the new piano concerto by Murail in 2021-2022 season in Tokyo Metropolitan Opera, Auditorium de Radio- France in Paris, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
In the 2019-2020 season he continues with his interpretation of the complete Beethoven Sonatas in Seoul and Tokyo.He also performs in recitals and with orchestras in London, Paris and Warsaw, at the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Arsenal in Metz, Pordenone in Italy.
He starts 2020-21 season joining Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and Christoph Eschenbach for a Beethoven piano concerto cycle.
“Wether as conductor, instrumentalist or teacher, music is about transmission. I’ve been touring worldwide since 30 years now as a pianist, mainly in German repertoire and Beethoven in particular, playing and recording complete piano concertos, sonatas, and chamber music. My two mentors in music were Karl-Ulrich Schnabel and Leon Fleisher. Both transmitted to me the tradition and art of the great Artur Schnabel, the Hirst pianist to have recorded the 32 Beethoven sonatas ever, and I am very honoured and excited to have the privilege to share now this experience and knowledge through these online masterclasses, as I did many times in Seoul, Tokyo, Hong-Kong and recently famous and gorgeous Villecroze international music Academy in France.”
I am looking forward to meeting you online!