Clare Hall Musician-in-Residence
Acclaimed for the originality of all his concert programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in England. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Prelude and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Roger-Ducasse, whose public recognition is not equal to their worth.
Recent engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in England.
Patrick has published 3 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His recording of Novak’s masterpiece Pan has led to an invitation to give the inaugural concert of the Novak Society in Prague, where the work had not been heard for over 50 years.
His latest recording project, to be issued in 2020 is a pairing of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Fischer’s Ariadne Musica.
His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means he is in demand as a lecturer. He has given talks for the University of Cambridge, as well as a cycle of concert-lectures on French music, presenting composers little known to the general public, their environment, their influence and their music. This led to the recordings of the piano music of Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emmanuel.
Patrick is laureate of the international competition of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest.
Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.