Schumann 'Carnaval' and 'Papillons'
Bernard d’Ascoli was born in the south of France and began learning piano and organ at the age of eleven and in 1978 at the age of nineteen, won the First Prize in the Barcelona International Piano Competition. He first came to major public attention when, following his Third Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition of 1981, he was invited to perform at the world’s most important music venues in Paris, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna (Musikverein), Geneva, Brussels, Madrid, Tokyo, Washington and the Sydney Opera House ...
In 20 or so years of concert going I can truthfully say that I have only ever heard a piano sound like this in an empty or nearly empty concert hall. I found much to admire in the playing. Bernard d'Ascoli is, above all, a very fluent musician, and this, combined with his developed bravura style, ensures that the interpretations are of a distinguished quality.