Ismaël Margain was born in 1992 in Sarlat where he began his musical training (piano, flute, saxophone, jazz, writing...). The pianist and director Vahan Mardirossian, with whom Ismaël has worked since he was very young, introduced him to his former teacher Jacques Rouvier who prepared him for the entrance exam to the Paris Conservatory. Accepted unanimously, he chose to join Nicholas Angelich's class and then, when the latter left, to continue his training with Roger Muraro and Michel Dalberto. Winner of the 2011 Génération SPEDIDAM International Competition and 1st prize at the Geneva Arts Society Competition, it was at the 2012 Long-Thibaud Competition that the general public discovered Ismaël. After playing Mozart's concerto No. 23 in the final, he won the Audience Prize and the 3rd Marguerite Long Grand Prix awarded by jury president Menahem Pressler. He played this concerto again at the "Victoires de la Musique Classique 2015", where he was nominated in the category "instrumental soloist revelation". Following these awards Ismaël toured Latin America and the United States for a series of recitals and master classes, then returned to Europe and performed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria. He is a regular guest at numerous festivals (Easter and August Music in Deauville, Chopin in Paris, Menton Music Festival, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Nohant Festival Chopin, l'Esprit du Piano in Bordeaux, Lille Piano(s) Festival, Pianoscope in Beauvais, Festival of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Klavier Ruhr Festival in Germany, All about piano in London . ...) where he performs solo and chamber music, notably with Alexandra Soumm, Renaud Capuçon, Adrien La Marca, Yura Lee, Edgar Moreau, Bertrand Chamayou, the Hermès Quartet ... In Paris, he performs at the Salle Cortot for the Centre de Musique de Chambre, but also at the Salle Gaveau, the Musée d'Orsay, the Auditorium du Louvre, the Cité de la Musique, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. He plays as soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Marseille, the Orchestre National d'Île de France ...
Ismaël Margain is an artist associated with the Singer Polignac Foundation, winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe award, supported by the SAFRAN Foundation, the Fondation l'Or du Rhin and the Banque Populaire Foundation. In 2010 he formed a duo with Guillaume Bellom with whom he recorded two discs, dedicated to Mozart and Schubert (ffff in Télérama) on the Aparté/Harmonia Mundi label. He then made 3 live recordings for the B Records label: Mendelssohn in 2015, Schubert solo in 2017, and a recital for 2 pianos with Guillaume Bellom in 2018.
« Il était une flûte… »
1 – Syrinx – Claude Debussy (flûte)
2 – Viens, une flûte invisible – André Caplet (Piano/voix/flûte)
3 – Les trois chansons de Bilitis – Claude Debussy (piano/voix)
4 – Nocturne et allegro scherzando - Philippe Gaubert (piano/flûte)
5 – Shéhérazade – Maurice Ravel (Piano/voix/flûte)
6 – Fantaisie – Gabriel Fauré opus 79 (piano/flûte)
7 – Les roses d’Ispahan - Gabriel Fauré (piano/voix)
8 – Psyché – Emile Paladilhe (piano/voix)
9 – La feuille de peuplier – Camille Saint Saëns (Piano/voix/flûte)
10 – L’enlèvement – Camille Saint Saëns (Piano/voix/flûte)
11 – Sonate – Francis Poulenc (piano/flûte)
12 – Nos souvenirs qui chantent – Francis Poulenc/ Paul Bonneau (piano/voix)
13 – La Capinera – Julius Benedict (Piano/voix/flûte)