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In this Articulate exclusive, Hélène Grimaud performs Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1” with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Haifa, Israel in 2018.

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Hélène Grimaud
Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud is a celebrated pianist and writer, known for her bold and adventurous interpretations of classical masterpieces.

Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence, France, and began playing piano at age 7. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at age 13 and won first prize in piano performance three years later. In 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo and was invited by renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform with the Orchestre de Paris. She has since featured alongside most of the world’s major orchestras and recorded over twenty albums.

She has published three books, a memoir, Wild Harmonies (2003; English translation 2006), and two semi-autobiographical novels, Leçons particulières (2005) and Retour à Salem (2013). Grimaud studies and raises wolves and is the founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, NY.

She was admitted into the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of merit, in 2015.