Didier Castell-Jacomin

Born in Marseille, Didier Castell-Jacomin took up the piano at a very early age.

At the age of 10 he met G. Cziffra (fr) with whom he took lessons in Senlis for two years. In 1982, he has been admited in Rennes Conservatory in the class of Joel Capbert. After obtaining his rewards in piano, musical theory and sight-reading at the Nice national conservatory he met Catherine Collard (fr) and stayed with her to study during two years in Nice and St-Maur-des-Fossés (France).

In 1989 he entered the prestigious International Piano School, CIEM Mozart Foundation directed by Maestro Fausto Zadra (sp) in Lausanne. His meeting with the Maestro radically changed his conception of music, and the piano in particular.

In 1995 he did perform at the international Festival in Valencia, Spain. The same year, he took part in the first International Festival of Classical Music in Nice.

Since 1996 Didier Castell-Jacomin has given innumerable performances, both in his native France and abroad: Italy, Netherlands, Monaco, Norway, England, Germany and in the United States.
He has been conducted by J.F. MANZONE, Werner STIEFEL (Baden-Baden Philharmonic), Joris BARTSCH BUHLE (SKB Orchestra Berlin), Fausto ZADRA.

He performed in prestigious Halls as: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Cooper Union Great Hall in New-York, Carnegie Hall in New-York, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, St john’s Smith Square in London… He has performed at the prestigious Music Festival « Unity Concert of New-Jersey ».

Since 1999 he records for CALLIOPE. Didier Castell-Jacomin got awards for his CD’s (Mozart concerti K.414 and K.415 with the Quartet of the Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra) and his Mozart recital program. He has participated in numerous Concerts in Europe and The United States. In 2000 the pianist has recorded a Mozart Recital for the Label Calliope.

Didier Castell-Jacomin went in tour in NYC (2008-2009) and did perform at CARNEGIE HALL with the Forte String Quartet, Nyack  Carnegie Library and Yamaha Services etc. Didier Castell-Jacomin, has performed a tour in Europe for 2008- 2009, and has been invited in several festivals in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In 2009 he has been seen at the Derlon Theater (Maastricht) in a minimalist play «Sneeuw Duister» from Jan van Opstaal, for 6 weeks in december 2009.

The same year he has been also invited to perform at Gstaad Festival in switzerland.

He has a project with the french actress Marie Lenoir for 2010-2011 to give a show around G. Sand and F. Chopin.
In the mean time the bmagazine «Piano» did ask him to record a CD of Russian music, «Tendresse Russe» to join with the Magazine in 2010 (4000 copies).

His new CD «Polonia» under the label Cristal Records Classic (Chopin works) has recieved great critics (fr) from the international press and did perform in the prestigious Theater «l’Athenee» in Paris, presented by the well-known journalist Eve Ruggieri.

Radio and TV broadcast (WUOT, Radio France, Radio 4 the national Netherlands radio, SAT 1, RTL 4…

In July  2011 Castell-Jacomin has recorded a CD dedicated to female composers as Cecile Chaminade, Mel Bonis, Clara Schumann and Marianne von Martinez, at the famous recording studio (Berlin) Teldex, including two «World Premiere» (works of Mel Bonis) .

In this moment, Didier Castell-Jacomin is building up his concert season (2012-2013) around the female composers to let discover to a large audience this music not enough known.

Norman Lebrecht: A dazzling pianist…

Eve Ruggieri (the most famous french musical journalist):
 »Magnificent pianist with a very strong character »

Theo Tobiasse (painter) :
« A brilliant Virtuoso who enchants his audience »

Fausto Zadra :
« A Great Mozartian »

Nicole Devillaine  (Head Master, France Television USA) :
« …Didier Castell-Jacomin has enchanted his audience this evening at Carnegie Hall… «