Composer /Piano Jean-Frédéric Neuburger
Born in Paris in 1986, Jean-Frédéric Neuburgerreceived an intense and varied musical education in piano, composition and organ before joining the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris at the age of thirteen. On graduating from the CNSM with Five ‘Premier Prix’ he went on to study composition with Michael Jarrell in Geneva.
He has, since then, established himself as one of the most gifted musicians of his generation, both as a composer and an interpreter known for the extreme variety of his repertoire.
Jean-Frédéric is regularly commissioned by festivals and musical institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Evian Festival, Radio-France, Long-Thibaud International Competition, Folle Journée de Nantes and his works have already been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris under Christoph von Dohnányi as well as by the Chorus and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Pascal Rophé. His chamber music works have been played by Henri Demarquette, François Salque, Nicolas Dautricourt, Lise Berthaud, Raphaël Sévère, Bertrand Chamayou in venues such as the LincolnCenter, Lucerne Festival, The Sage, Gateshead and Musikverein Wien.
He performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras (New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse) and works with such distinguished conductors as François-Xavier Roth, Paavo Jarvi, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott and Michael Tilson Thomas. He also worked closely with Pierre Boulez, particularly on the composer’s second piano sonata. In 2014, the Auditorium du Louvre dedicated a series of seven concerts to him entitled ‘Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Friends.’
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger is invited by the most prestigious international festivals (Verbier, Lucerne, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, La Roque d'Anthéron, Saratoga, La Jolla Music Society) and as a chamber musician performs with the leading musicians of his generation including Modigliani Quartet, Bertrand Chamayou, Renaud Capuçon, Tatjana Vassiljeva and Raphaël Sévère.
Dedicating a large part of his performing activities tocontemporary music, Jean-Frédéric has premieredseveral important works including Echo-Daimonon, Philippe Manoury’s concerto for piano and electronics with the Orchestre de Paris under the direction of Ingo Metzmacher (2012) as well as works by Bruno Mantovani, Phillip Maintz and Yves Chauris.
His many recordings have received great acclaim from French and international critics: the 2008 "Live at Suntory Hall" CD (featuring the Liszt Sonata) received a "Choc" in Le Monde de la Musique and his recording of the piano concerti by Ferdinand Hérold received the "Choc" in Classica Magazine.
Published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing) since 2012, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger received the Lili and Nadia Boulanger prize from the Académie des Beaux Arts and the Hervé Dugardin prize from the Sacem in 2015.
Bartok Concerto No. 2 / Tugan Sokhiev / Orchestre national du Capitole du Toulouse
The young French pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger joined the battle with energy and acuity, but also an impressive lucidity. He does not hide any of the violence inherent in the work. His playing, of a dazzling legerity, fits perfectly into the fabric of orchestral richness and prodigious complexity. The constant visual link with each desk of the orchestra says a lot about the musical rapport he establishes with the orchestra and its conductor.
The anguish apparent in the Adagio was one of the highlights of his performance, which was saluted with a deserved standing ovation.
YCA Gala Concert / LincolnCenter / Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger’s full-bodied and entirely unsentimental approach, blending poetry and virtuosity, imbued the work with an unusual, almost Beethovenian gravitas. He tore into the concluding Presto with jaw-dropping panache.
The Nwe York Times
Merveilleux! Neuburger at the Gardner by David Patterson
His playing tells stories and has a beautiful finish to it…It was a marvel imagining how this jeune homme could pull together all the plot’s threads as maturely as he did.
His prodigious energies as a performer knocked us off of our feet with a tour-de-force, La Valse in solo piano version by Maurice Ravel. Starting ever-so-faintly with low rumblings, he spliced together one emerging musical image after another, casting Ravel’s impressionistic fragments as aural cinematography. All those seated on the second floor of the historic GardnerMuseum followed Neuberger’s blink-of-an-eye moves. He was lightning speed quick, whooshing from tender to ecstatic; sure, it seemed, of how to carry us away. He excited us every step of the way, image by image, then asked us to join him in frenzy only discipline combined with an exceptional sense of the ballet can bring on.
…there was Neuburger, all ready to begin Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35. Now, his body and his piano were in fully synchronized motion. Here was a 23-year old’s telling of an old story, one we thought we had heard many times over (so how he could he tell us any better?).
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
What a great variety of tone he conjured, and how subtly he used the pedal in making transitions from one mood to another. He made the piece seem better than it is, which is no mean feat.…the interestingly intense young Frenchman is really the one to watch for.
The Daily Telegraph
We admire all: the perfect virtuosity, the clarity and depth of the sound.
Showing a disconcerting natural play, where framework and freedom are linked and serve each other, displaying all his amazing technique, Jean-Frederic Neuburger has...the perfection, without losing his humanity and sincerity.
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger at the Philharmonie de Paris
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger was one of the first soloists invited to play at the new Philharmonie de Paris… On January 29, he played the Beethoven's 4th piano with the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi.
From the exposed chords at the beginning of the piece and throughout the first movement, the pianist asserted his mastery. But it was perhaps in the second movement that he showed his extraordinary intelligence and touch.
During the long melody, where the piano part is almost entirely without accompaniment, Neuburger seemed at times to push the sense of inner pain to an almost unbearable and inaudible point. In contrast to this, the dissonant surge that occurs shortly after only appeared more tragic.
It was an unparalleled experience: a combination of one of the finest orchestras in the new Parisian hall (which equals that of Berlin), and finally Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, one of the most gifted and talented pianists of his generation.