French pianist Emmanuel Despax has enjoyed a growing career both in his native France and his adopted London home. Despax was born in Paris in 1984. He showed impressive talent as a youngster and was enrolled at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory when he was 11. His association with England began two years later when he was admitted to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey County, studying with Claudio Arrau protégée Ruth Nye. She recommended Despax for a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music, which he entered in 2002. He won a collection of student prizes there, including the RCM's most prestigious, the Tagore Gold Medal, which he received from the hands of Prince Charles. As an undergraduate, Despax performed the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, under conductor Andrew Litton. Despax made the first of many ...
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