Pianist Jean-Philippe Collard is often noted as a specialist in the music of Fauré and Saint-Saëns, but his repertory has broadened beyond that initial focus. He has played music from Gershwin to Tchaikovsky, but he remains identified as an exponent of the French pianistic tradition. Born January 27, 1948, in Mareuil-sur-Ay in the Marne department of France, Collard grew up in a musical family and took up the piano at five. Unusually among top-rank pianists, he is left-handed and has sometimes suffered repetitive-motion injuries to his right hand. He was something of a prodigy: he was sent to Berlin in 1960 by the Jeunesses Musicales youth group to compete in an international competition, and he was awarded a first prize at the Paris Conservatory when he was 16. Over the next decade, Collard won several prestigious competition prizes ...
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