“ Alain Lefèvre was met with a rousing ovation as soon as he strode onto the stage and Nézet-Séguin was beaming. Listening to Lefèvre on one of his CDs is always entertaining, watching him play is mesmerizing.”
The Globe and Mail

Hailed as a smashing and arresting virtuoso, a pianist who breaks the mold and who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene, Alain Lefèvre pursues a sparkling career, having performed in over forty countries to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Théatre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Palais Princier de Monaco, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Megaron, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and participated to numerous international festivals including SPAC, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Athens, Epidaurus, Istanbul , Cervantino, Mozart Plus, Orford Musique, Domaine Forget, Lanaudière and Expo 2010 Shanghaï, to name but a few.

Saluted for his phenomenal technique, his sparkling playing resulting in fascinating interpretations and his sovereign mastery, his dazzling performances were many times described as unequaled and unparalleled. Yet, his humbleness remains disarming, considering himself to be only a “mason of the piano”, “solely at the service of the great composers and their music”. Author, music journalist and radio host Olivier Bellamy, shared with his listeners on his program broadcasted on Radio-Classique (France), a letter that he addressed to his guest Alain Lefèvre on his latest CD release, « My Paris Years » : “ Wilhelm Furtwängler said: “ The great art is always modest”. This is what I thought when listening to your recording (…).”

Alain Lefèvre has appeared with major symphonic and chamber orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonie de Lorraine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony (Washington D.C.), Houston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Orchestra of St-Luke’s, Tucson Symphony, Komische Oper Berlin, SWR Stuttgart, Nuremberg Symphony, Staatskapelle Weimar, Wuppertal Symphony, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Cracow Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony (Bratislava), Athens State Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony, Presidential State Symphony Ankara, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, National Symphony Orchestra of Buenos Aires, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Quebec Symphony, China Philharmonic, Shanghaï Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Moscow Virtuosi.

He performed amongst others with conductors Matthias Bamert, James Conlon, Franz-Paul Decker, Enrique Diemecke, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Francis, JoAnn Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Lawrence Foster, Fabien Gabel, George Hanson, Jacek Kaspszyk, Bernhard Klee, Gérard Korsten, Jacques Lacombe, Cristian Maceralu, Alexander Mickelthwate, Tania Miller, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Adrian Prabava, Jean-François Rivest, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Scott Speck, Vladimir Spivakov, Carl St-Clair, Nikolaj Szeps-Naider, Yoav Talmi, Robert Trevino, Alain Trudel, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Alexander Shelley, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Long Yu and Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

From the beginning of his career, Alain Lefèvre has included, commissioned and battled for the music of our time. Henri Dutilleux, John Corigliano, Pierre Max Dubois, Walter Boudreau, François Dompierre, Alain Payette and Alexander Brott, are but a few of the composers he worked with and has added to his core repertoire. We owe him the rehabilitation of the forgotten composer and pianist of genius, the “Canadian Mozart”, André Mathieu, which works he also revived on stage in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Shanghaï and many other cities worldwide. He was music director, composer and interpreter for the motion picture: “L’Enfant prodige” (The Child Prodigy), on the life of André Mathieu.

In 2018, Warner Classics signed him as an exclusive recording artist, releasing this year its first title, « My Paris Years », on their prestigious label*.

Mr. Lefèvre is Officer to the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec, Chevalier of the Pléiade Order, and also won the prestigious AIB Award held in London, for - International personality of the year - Radio, hosting programs on classical music, broadcasted on ICI Musique, Radio-Canada.

* Please refer to the “Discography” section to find out all about his recordings.
Biography by Georges Nicholson
(Released October 17, 2012 - French version available only)
Photo credits: © Simon Fowler / Warner Classics