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Hélène Grimaud has established herself not only as a virtuoso pianist, but also as a committed wildlife conservationist, a compassionate human rights activist and as a writer.

Her piano journey commenced at the local conservatory under the tutelage of Jacqueline Courtin, followed by further instruction from Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. Remarkably, at the age of 13, she gained admission into the prestigious Paris Conservatoire and secured the first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. Her education continued under the guidance of György Sándor and Leon Fleisher, culminating in a highly acclaimed debut recital in Tokyo in 1987.

During the same year, the esteemed conductor Daniel Barenboim extended an invitation to her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris, which marked the beginning of Grimaud’s illustrious musical career. Since then, she has graced the stages of renowned orchestras worldwide and collaborated with numerous celebrated conductors, establishing herself as a prominent figure in the world of classical music.

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