THOMAS ENHCO

The french pianist Thomas Encho
Friday, 22 March 2019 - 20:45


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Born thirty years ago in Paris into a musical family, Thomas Enhco started playing the violin and the piano as a child, boasting a classical and jazz training in both instruments, as well as in composition. Since completing his studies at the CMDL (Didier Lockwood's jazz school) and the Paris National Conservatory (CNSMDP), he has released seven albums as a leader and has been playing an average of 120 concerts per year around the world. Last year, he made his debut as a soloist with a number of prestigious symphony orchestras, from the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine, to the Orchestre d’Avignon and the Orchestre National de France, playing the Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, but also, among others, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.491 (No. 24), the Piano Concerto in G by Ravel and his own Piano Concerto commissioned by the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn. Thomas is among the Laureates of the BNP Paribas Foundation and keeps on performing in jazz and classical venues all over the world, seducing with his versatility the most diverse audiences, from the Paris Philharmonic to the Salzburg Mozarteum, from La Roque d'Anthéron to the Tokyo Jazz Festival, from the Montréal Jazz Festival to the North Sea Jazz Festival.

…his classical background (Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev) is clearly present in Enhco, but what he is able to incorporate in the history of jazz is phenomenal. Comparing him with other jazz legends is all too easy, but everyone will agree that Enhco is endowed with a more than convincing talent.

Dick Hovenga, WrittenInMusic.com

The most important milestones in Thomas Enhco’s career:

In 2006, he releases “Esquisse” with the legendary percussionist Peter Erskine. The same year, Thomas becomes Laureate of Fonds d’Action SACEM.

In 2009 the late great Japanese jazz producer Itoh “88” Yasohachi produces his 2nd trio album Someday My Prince Will Come and numerous tours in Japan.

In 2010, Thomas wins two major French awards : Django d’Or “New Talent” and 3rd Grand Prize at Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition.

In 2013 his trio album Fireflies wins the Victoires du Jazz award (French Grammy).

After signing with Universal Music, his solo piano album Feathers is released in 2015 on Verve Records and is nominated for "Best Album of the year". He packs famous Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris at the release concert.

In 2016 the first album of his duet "Funambules" with Bulgarian percussionist Vassilena Serafimova comes out on legendary label Deutsche Grammophon. Together, they win 2nd Grand Prize at Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017.

Thomas Enhco has composed the original score for the movie Les Cinq Parties du Monde, for which he received the prestigious FIPA d’Or for Best Original Soundtrack in 2012.

He has lived 2 years in New York and has recorded a trio album in 2012 (Jack & John) with jazz giants Jack DeJohnette on drums and John Patitucci on bass.

In 2017, he makes his debut as a soloist with symphony orchestras, such as Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Orchestre d'Avignon-Provence, and Orchestre National de France, in Gershwin Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue, Mozart Piano Concerto K.491 (no. 24), John Adams Eros Piano, Bach Concerto for Four Keyboards, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Ravel Concerto in G, and his own first Piano Concerto (commissioned by Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn). He also makes his debut as a soloist with Radio France Choir.

The Artists he has collaborated with are, among many others:
Mike Stern, Didier Lockwood, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dan Tepfer, François Moutin, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Martial Solal, Hein Van de Geyn, Patrick Zimmerli, Sylvain Luc, Victor Lewis, Etienne Mbappé, Biréli Lagrène, Émile Parisien, Vincent Peirani, Hugh Coltman, Ibrahim Maalouf, Joel Frahm, Lew Soloff, Rudresh Mahanthappa…
And:
Natalie Dessay, Henri Demarquette, Michel Dalberto, Lise de la Salle, Modigliani String Quartet, Hanson String Quartet, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Mathieu Herzog, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Orchestre Régional d'Avignon-Provence, Samuel Jean, Julien Masmondet, Pierre Dumoussaud…

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