The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s second Investar Bank Masterworks will feature returning French pianist Philippe Bianconi at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St.
Since winning at the Van Cliburn International Competition in the 1980s, Bianconi has maintained an international career, pursuing his musical itinerary and patiently carving out his path far from the media hype.
Bianconi has appeared with orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including a special performance of Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto” with James Conlon and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris in the sold-out Paris Garnier Opera House.
He also has recorded the complete solo works of Maurice Ravel, and solo albums of Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert on the Lyrinx label. His new album of Claude Debussy piano music was recently released on Lyrinx.
Bianconi is the new director of the American Conservatory in the Palais de Fontainebleau.
The program will be preceded by a preconcert talk at 6:30 p.m. with Baton Rouge Symphony conductor and music director Timothy Muffitt, who will provide insight into the historical, musical and cultural components of the evening’s repertoire.
Tickets are $25-$59. Student discounts are available with ID.