Christoph Deluze
Christoph Deluze

Biography

Christoph Deluze began his first musical studies at the Neuchâtel conservatory as a pupil of Dinu Lipatti. He then went to the Guild HallSchool of Music of London in the piano class of E. Philipp. During this period he was one of the few pianists who was able to work with Shura Cherkassky. His further studies with Dagobert Buchholz in Vienna were very important for his future musical development. As Bucholz had met and knew Rachmaninoff, Katchaturian, Chostakovich as well as, of course, most major interpreters of Russian music, he was able to transmit to Deluze the interest and appropriate emotions for an enlightened understanding of the Russian repertoire. His several years of work with Bucholz were obviously productive, as most musical critics have emphasized quality of Deluze’s interpretation of Russians composers, in particular Scriabin.

He received awards at several international competitions and played in many major European concert halls: London, Barcelona (Teatro del Liceo), Vienna, Krakow, Brussels, Geneva (Victoria Hall), Minsk and Belgrade. He participated five times in the music festival “La Schubertiade” of the Radio Suisse Romande, and several concerts were broadcast live. In 2000 he made a tour of concerts in Switzerland with the Fribourg Symphony Orchestra, with a CD-live (Rimsky-Korsakov, Arensky, Tchaikovsky). In 2007 he has been invited by the Philarmonia of Bielorussia for the Festival (“Spring in Minsk”) with a standing ovation for his interpretation of Scriabin.

Christoph Deluze has played on radio and TV programs in Europe and U.S: Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2, DRS 2, France Musique, SWR 3 Köln, Radio Television Belge Musique 3, Klassik Heute, VRT, Concertzender Neederlands, VARA, WGBH Boston, Radio-TV of Bielorussia.

Christoph Deluze has recorded 5 studio Cds: 2 for PRAGA DIGITALS:

  • 1997. A piano recital with works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Katchaturian
  • 2004. A CD with piano music of Cesar Cui with some “first world recording” works (ADW 7494)
  • 2007. All the Preludes of Kabalevsky (ADW 7513)
  • 2011. He recorded for PRAGA DIGITALS/Harmonia Mundi the 3 sonatas by Dmitri Kabalevsky ; this record was awarded by Audiophile as one of the best record of the year (PRG/DSD 250 279)
  • 2013. He made a second record for PRAGA (PRG/DSD 250 299) with piano works by Erik Satie in collaboration with the Orchestre National de France

The CDs were the subject of numerous radio programmes and musical reviews in the Swiss and International press. All praised the excellent initiative as well as the brilliant interpretation of Christoph Deluze.