About Alexandre Tharaud
Alexandre Tharaud’s mother taught dance at the Paris Opera, his father directed and performed operettas, and his grandfather played violin.
∙ Not only was he featured on its soundtrack, but he also appeared as himself onscreen in the Academy Award-winning film Amour.
∙ He was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2016, an honor awarded to individuals who’ve contributed significantly to French culture.
∙ Tharaud first envisioned the concept for Le Boeuf sur le toit, a jazzy tribute to the legendary Paris cabaret of the same name, when he was a teenager.
∙ 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James, a fan of Tharaud’s, selected one of his Bach recordings for the film version’s chart-topping classical companion soundtrack.
∙ Accompanied by French soprano Natalie Dessay, he performed at a national ceremony honoring victims of the 2015 Bataclan terrorist attack.
∙ Tharaud has not owned a piano in more than 20 years, preferring instead to practice at various friends’ homes around Paris.
BORNDecember 9, 1968