«At the promising start of a grand career […] this astonishingly mature pianist has already won the musical world over. »
(Michel Le Naour – Classica Magazine, June 2021)
Rodolphe Menguy is a young French pianist born in Paris on November 13th 1997. He started studying at CRR Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory in the class of Gilles Berard then of Marie-Paule Siruguet, and obtained his Piano DEM diploma at the age of fourteen. He was then admitted by unanimous votes at Paris CNSMD Conservatory in 2015 in Denis Pascal and Varduhi Yeritsyan’s class, and finished his studies in the Classical Performing Artist Class in 2022 after obtaining his B.A. and Master’s degrees.
He was admitted at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome where he developed his skills alongside Benedetto Lupo.
Taking advantage of a thorough training from an early age (excellent education), he obtained a diploma in orchestration (Diplôme d’études musicales supérieures – DEMS) at the CRR in Boulogne-Billancourt and, at the CNSMD in Paris, the prizes in Fabien Waksman’s harmony class and in Pierre Pincemaille’s counterpoint class.
As a candidate submitted by the radio channel France Musique, Rodolphe was awarded the ‘Young Soloist Prize’ by the Public French-speaking Media in 2021. He is also the laureate of the Banque PopulaireFoundation in 2021, the laureate of l’Or du Rhin Foundation (Fondation de l’Or du Rhin) and was named Classical Newcomer of the Year (Révélation Classique de l’Adami) in 2018.
The same year, he was recruited among the ‘Young Talents’ of the Académie Philippe Jaroussky (in the ‘Vivaldi’ class).
Rodolphe regularly performs both as a soloist and a chamber musician in prestigious Halls and Festivals: Festival of ‘La Roque d’Anthéron’, ‘Folle Journée de Nantes’, Festival ‘Radio France Occitanie’, ‘Musicales de Normandie’, ‘Festival Pablo Casals’, ‘Opéra de Saint Etienne’, ‘Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord’, ‘Musée Guimet’ …
With a strong sense of curiosity, Rodolphe has a wide répertoire, from Bach’s music to contemporary creation through Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Messiaen, Boulez …
Besides, with a passion for chamber music, he performs in various ensembles, notably forming a duo with the violist Nicolas Garrigues, and a trio with the violinist Sarah Jégou-Sageman and clarinetist Joséphine Besançon.
Rodolphe has appeared on several media like France Musique, Musiq3 – RTBF, Medici.tv. He has received, through Master Classes and Academies, the advice of such prominent musical figures as Michel Béroff, Philippe Cassard, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Chamayou, Claire Désert, Nelson Goerner, Jean-François Heisser, David Kadouch, Stephen Kovacevich, Bruno Rigutto, Sir András Schiff, Emmanuel Strosser…
In 2022, Rodolphe made his debut at the Auditorium of Radio France and at Philharmonie of Paris – Cité de la Musique, offering his interpretation of Bartók’s second Concerto accompanied by the Orchestra of Paris Conservatory’s Laureates under the direction of conductor Quentin Hindley.
Photo : Lyodoh Kaneko