Élisabeth Pion

An enquiring and innovative artist, pianist Élisabeth Pion enjoys an active career internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and artistic collaborator.
Highlights of the 2023/2024 season include an invitation to IMS Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music (Taneyev Quintet & Fauré Trio), performances with the Orchestre Métropolitain &  Kensho Watanabe; Arion Orchestre Baroque & Mathieu Lussier; the Orchestre symphonique de Trois- Rivières & Alain Trudel; and a second recording for ATMA Classique, this time with Arion Orchestre Baroque (Montgeroult & Mozart).
In 2022/2023, Élisabeth made her concerto debut in the US with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra & Alain Trudel (Mozart’s Concerto no 24), her debut in Canada with both the Orchestre
symphonique de Sherbrooke & Geneviève Leclair (Liszt’s Concerto no 1) and Brott Music Festival’s Orchestra (Ravel’s G major Concerto); she presented a solo recital at St-John’s Smith
Square in London, and released her first solo recording under the label ATMA Classique.
Highlights of the past 2021/2022 season include her Wigmore Hall recital debut, a solo & collaborative recital with mezzo-soprano Alexandra Achillea Pouta at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital
Hall, and concerto performances with several Canadian orchestras: the Victoria Symphony (Clara Schumann’s Concerto), the Orchestre classique de Montréal & the Orchestre de l’Agora (Haydn’s Concerto no 11), the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (Rachmaninov’s Concerto no 4), the Orchestre du Festival Classica (Casella’s Partita), the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (Mozart’s Concerto no 24) and Arion Orchestre Baroque (Mozart’s Concerti no 13 & 24). She has also enjoyed a close collaboration with conductor Thomas Leduc-Moreau and the Ensemble Volte in the previous years, with whom she performed Schumann’s Concerto in 2019 and Mozart’s Concerto no 20 in 2018.
She also notably made her BBC Radio 3 broadcast debut in 2019 in the BBC Total Immersion day celebrating Nadia and Lili Boulanger. Élisabeth is scheduled to make her recital debut in China in the near future, postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19.
Élisabeth is an alumna of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she worked with Professor Ronan O’Hora. She was made a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall in 2022/2023, and
previously graduated from this institution with the Artist Diploma (2022) and the Artist Masters (2020), both with the highest mention. She has also completed the “Conducting from the
keyboard” course with Ricardo Castro at the Scuela di musica di Fiesole in Italy (2021/2022). She had previously worked in Canada with Francine Lacroix, Suzanne Goyette and André Laplante, and has played in masterclasses for, notably, Till Fellner, Stephen Hough, Anne Queffélec, Boris Berman, Benedetto Lupo, Bernd Goetske, Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, Christian Blackshaw and Robert Levin. She has recently worked with Claudio Martinez Mehner during IMS Prussia Cove 2023.
Élisabeth is an alumna of the Imogen Cooper Trust and a Young Artist of the Musicians’ Company of London until 2024. She is grateful for the support of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, The Musicians’ Company Carnwath Scholarship, The Jane Ades Ingenuity Scholarship, the Fondation Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Talent Unlimited UK. Among recent accolades, Elisabeth has been awarded the 2022 Choquette-Symcox Award from the Fondation Jeunesses Musicales Canada. In 2018, Élisabeth was named in the CBC Palmares 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, and was also selected as one of 2018’s 15 Rising Stars from the magazine La Scena Musicale. Élisabeth has also been successful in many competitions: she has notably won the 1st prize of the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, the Prix Banque Nationale of the Prix d’Europe, the 1st prize of the Shean Piano Competition, the Silver Medal of the Musicians’ Company of London and the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize.
Élisabeth places great value on approaching music from a holistic perspective. She has been active in performing on fortepiano, having worked with Maggie Cole in London, and with Arion Orchestre Baroque. She is also fascinated by classical improvisation & cadenza writing and is furthering her knowledge of those skills with Professor David Dolan.
Her strong interests in literature, writing, repertoire research and Tai Chi nurture her musical practice.

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