PHILIPPE GIUSIANO - winner of the Thirteenth International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Philippe Giusiano is considered the reference with regard to the works of the Polish composer. After coming eighth when he first entered the competition at the age of 17, he won first place five years later in 1995, being a public and press favorite. When his second Chopin CD came out, the following was said: “…one has the feeling that this is how Chopin played” (O. Bellamy - le Monde de la Musique).
This success at one of the world’s most famous competition placed Philippe Giusiano among the top pianists and led to appearances at some of the greatest concert halls, among other the Carnagie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Verona Theater, the Scala in Milano, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo…
Philippe Giusiano has taken part in many festivals in France – la Roque d’Anthéron where he is regularly invited, la Chaise-Dieu, Aix-en-Provence, “Chopin chez George Sand” in La Châtre, Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, La Folle Journée, Berlioz Festival… and also abroad – the Ravello Festival in Italy, the Ruhr Festival in Germany, the “Chopin i jego Europa” Festival in Warsaw, the Duszniki Chopin Festival and the Antonin Chopin Festival in Poland… He has made extensive tours through Germany, Japan, Austria, Poland, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Denmark, Lithuania, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Middle-East. He has performed with some of the most outstanding orchestras and conductors such as Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philippe Entremont, Kazimierz Kord, Yutaka Sado, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak…
In 2010, Philippe Giusiano represented Chopin’s music with unanimous success in France, Spain, Middle-East, Japan, Poland and Scandinavia. He performed on this occasion all Chopin’s works for piano and orchestra.
His recordings edited in France and in Japan mainly devoted to Chopin and Rachmaninoff’s music have gained high recognition from the critics and the audience. His Chopin CD with the 24 Etudes and the 24 Preludes has been highly acclaimed all over the world. “Listening to this pianist in Chopin is like attending a sort of musical genesis. An unforgettable experience! (Mathias Heizmann – Arte).
His latest album dedicated to Chopin's early works and recorded for the label of the Warsaw Chopin Institute was published in August 2017.
Philippe Giusiano was born in 1973 in Marseille, where he began studying the piano at the age of 5. He studied at the Conservatoire de Région de Marseille with Odile Poisson and Pierre Barbizet and later on at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jacques Rouvier where he graduated at the age of 16. In 1993, he received a scholarship that enabled him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. During all his studies, he won many prizes in National and International Youth Piano Competitions.
Beside his artistic career, Philippe Giusiano is regularly invited to give master classes in Poland and in Japan. Since 2008, he has been working as a guest professor at the Heisei Music College in Kumamoto, Japan.
In 2012, Philippe Giusiano received the Medal of Marseilles City.