2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Lucas Debargue

Washington Conservatory of Music in cooperation with
Washington Performing Arts presents


A Conversation with
LUCAS DEBARGUE, piano


Moderated by Jenny Bilfield,
Washington Performing Arts President & CEO

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7 PM
Westmoreland Congregational Church
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE | directions


The conversation will cover topics including his creative process, musical influences and his unique insight into the world of classical music. Program length: approx. 75 minutes. Free and open to the public.



About the Artist

Lucas Debargue's fast track to international acclaim is in stark contrast to the customary rigorous classical music training. Debargue took his first piano lesson at age eleven at a local music school in his hometown 55 miles north of Paris. By age 15 he stopped lessons and joined a rock band, only to quit playing altogether at age 17. Not until age 20 did he begin formal classical piano studies, while earning his living playing jazz. Only four years later he was in the finals of the Tchaikovsky competition, playing with an orchestra for the first time, and creating an unprecedented sensation in music circles around the world.

Despite placing 4th in the competition, his playing earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics' Award as "the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience." Soon after the competition Debargue was signed by Sony Classical, and recorded a live recital for his debut release with music by Ravel, Liszt, Chopin and Scarlatti in his native city of Paris.

On Saturday, November 12, Washington Performing Arts will present Lucas Debargue in concert at the UDC Center for the Arts. For November 12 concert information: www.WashingtonPerformingArts.org.


Hear Lucas Debargue playing in the winner's concert: 

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Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church.

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