Magic Moments of Music Documentary “September 11, 2001: Hélène Grimaud in London”

A new documentary about Hélène Grimaud from the series “Magic Moments of Music” is set to have its broadcast premiere on October 9, 2022.

On 11 September 2001, the world paused. This concert at the Royal Albert Hall shows how grief and horror can be transformed into a musical moment of glory, and how music can be a means of consolation in these tragic moments. Hélène Grimaud makes her Proms debut with the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. The musicians enter the stage visibly affected and discharge their anger and sadness in their playing. Hélène Grimaud succeeds in a deeply emotional interpretation of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. Her playing alternates between intensity and clarity. The wordless communication with the maestro is moving, not least after the first movement: the moved audience partially breaks into applause – Grimaud and Eschenbach cast emotional and assuring glances at each other. They know at that moment: This evening gets under your skin and will not soon be forgotten.

» ZDF/ARTE, October 9, 2022, 5.35 – 6.20pm CET

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Summer in Europe

Photo © Mat Hennek/DG

Photo © Mat Hennek/DG

Hélène Grimaud will be embarking on a late summer Europe tour starting on August 18th in Slovenia. Before she leaves, she meets with one of her long-time musical collaborators, maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, on August 7th in Montreal, Canada, to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Orchestre Métropolitain.  

From Montreal, Hélène Grimaud travels to scenic Ljubljana (Aug 18), to perform Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto with the impressive Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Austrian maestro Manfred Honeck. 

Ravel’s iconic Piano Concerto meanders somewhere between Europe and the New World. And as far back as 1997, Hélène Grimaud demonstrated on her Ravel record what an exceptional pianist she is, imbuing the work with esprit and groove.

The tour includes stops in Grafenegg, Austria (Aug 20), Hamburg (Aug 24), Düsseldorf (Aug 27) and Dresden, Germany (Sept 1). 

Hélène will also play a recital of works from her album “Memory” in Lübeck, Germany (Aug 22) and a duo concert with cellist Jan Vogler in Neuhardenburg (Aug 30).

For details and tickets, please visit the Calendar page.


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The Messenger’s powerful message of change

Helene Grimaud photo Mat Hennek

Photo © Mat Hennek

If Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is a remembrance of things past, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reaches for what yet may come. This music reminds us of one of life’s great possibilities – that of change.

Listen to “The Messenger”

“I was always interested in couplings that were not predictable, in unusual combinations, because I feel as if certain pieces – even sometimes pieces by different composers – can shed a special light on to one another.” – Hélène Grimaud

The recording sessions took place at the start of this year at an historic Mozart site in Salzburg, the Great Hall of the University, where Grimaud was joined by the Camerata Salzburg. The album includes three works by Mozart: the unfinished Fantasia in D minor K 397, the famous Piano Concerto in D minor K 466 and the Fantasia in C minor K 475. Grimaud sees his use of the minor as suggestive of “confrontations with fate or destiny”. She now appreciates that there is more to his writing than Apollonian elegance and restraint, noting that it took her “many years of inner cultivation to fully recognise those burning, unpredictable currents rippling beneath the transcendental beauty”. Valentin Silvestrov’s ‘The Messenger – 1996’ offers both a response to and an echo of Mozart’s music – this idea of acknowledging and paying tribute to what has gone before is central to his art as a composer.

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Streaming Concert: Hélène Grimaud & Camerata Salzburg at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hélène Grimaud conducts and interprets Mozart and Schumann

Stream is available until 4/13/2022 8:00 PM (GMT+2)


Hélène Grimaud headlines a spectacular evening with the illustrious Camerata Salzburg at the famed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg!

Mozart did not write many works in minor tonalities, but those that he did were particularly impactful. They are also the ones that French pianist Hélène Grimaud most enjoys spending time with because they “provide a glimpse behind the mask of jollity that surrounds many of his famous works.” Selecting pieces that are all in minor keys yet composed during intensely creative periods in both Mozart’s and Schumann’s careers, Grimaud takes an insightful look at the composers and their popularity at the time. Grimaud’s performance in the beautiful hall of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie is a symbolic representation of an encounter with fate, where drama and tragedy meet, and an apt reminder that not all is as it seems.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Robert Schumann:
Piano Concerto, Op. 54

Valentin Silvestrov:
The Messenger (For Piano solo)

Hélène Grimaud, piano
Camerata Salzburg
Giovanni Guzzo, violin and musical direction


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BR Klassik (Germany), 18 February 2022

Interview: BR Klassik (Germany)

Pianistin Hélène Grimaud verzichtet auf Flugreisen: “Ich bin stolz darauf” | BR-Klassik

München, Florenz, Paris – gerade tourt Hélène Grimaud quer durch Europa. Um bei ihren Reisen CO2 einzusparen, hat sich die Pianistin für das Auto als Transportmittel entschieden. Ihr Umweltengagement hört damit aber nicht auf. Da ist ja noch die Sache mit den Wölfen.


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