Récital, Chamber music
“Released by Mirare in September 2017, Nathanaël Gouin’s first recital album, “Liszt Macabre”, aroused enthusiastic responses from the critics. For Diapason, “Liszt Macabre stands out due to the relevance of the program and also to a perfect production”. According to Classica (which awarded him a “Choc”), “far from scaring Nathanaël Gouin, this gloomy repertoire enables him to express all his luminous talent! ». Undoubtedly, Nathanaël Gouin is one of the most original figures on the musical stage in recent years. During his residency at Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, he was supported by Maria João Pires, who introduced him to the public as a member of the Partitura project, a concept that brought together different generations of musicians to share the stage, resulting in major tours in Europe and Japan.
Nathanaël Gouin has become a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, performing in Europe, Asia and the United States. He has been invited to prestigious venues such as the Salle Pierre Boulez of the Philharmonie de Paris and the Cité de la musique in Paris, La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, the Salle Rameau in Lyon, Bozar and the Salle Flagey in Brussels, not to mention festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Radio France and Montpellier, Les Flâneries musicales de Reims, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Les Folles Journées in Nantes, Tokyo, Warsaw and Ekaterinbourg, La Salle Bourgie in Montreal and La nouvelle Scala in Paris.
In the concerto repertoire, Nathanaël Gouin developed a comprehensive and inquisitive approach, which led to stimulating collaborations with many ensembles: the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Ensemble “Les Siècles”, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Radio France Choir. In 2016, Edouard Lalo’s Concerto for piano and orchestra was recorded with the Philharmonique de Liège under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow (Outhere label). This album received the highest praises and Classica magazine already mentioned Nathanaël as one of the most promising pianists of the young generation. Chamber music is obviously very present in his artistic life and he is fortunate to be in touch with great performers such as Augustin Dumay, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Michel Dalberto, José Van Dam and Jerome Pernoo. He has also initiated a piano-violin duo with Guillaume Chilemme, whose recordings of Ravel, Canal and Schubert have been noticed by the critics.
Nathanaël Gouin began studying the piano and the violin at the age of 3. He was trained at the Conservatories of Toulouse and Paris, the Juilliard School of Music in New York, but also the Hochschulen für Musik Freiburg-im-Breisgau and Munich as well as at the Académie Musicale in Villecroze, not to mention the Queen Elisabeth Chapel. He has also received advice from great musicians such as Jean- Claude Pennetier, Michel Beroff, Louis Lortie, Avedis Kouyoumdian, Denis Pascal, Rena Shereshevskaya and Dimitri Bashkirov.
A laureate of numerous international competitions, such as the Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria (First Prize), the Swedish International Duo Competition (First Prize) and the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, he is also a winner of the Banque Populaire Corporate Foundation and the Meyer Foundation. He is an artist in residence at the Singer Polignac Foundation as a member of the Brahma Quartet.”