In April 2022 Lorenzo Soulès won the 1st prize at the Concours international de piano d’Orléans. He was also awarded the Prix des Étudiants du Conservatoire d’Orléans, the Audience Prize and the Edison Denisov Prize. The competition success is associated with numerous engagements and a CD production.
Ten years earlier, Lorenzo Soulès’ international career began when he won all available prizes at the Concours International de Genève (1st Prize, Audience Prize, Young Audience Special Prize, Air France-KLM Special Prize and the Coup de Coeur Prize of the Swiss watchmaker Breguet) at the age of 20. This made him one of the most successful prize winners in the long history of this prestigious competition. The Coup de Coeur prize enabled him to record his debut CD with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Scriabin, which received glowing reviews in France.
Invitations to major festivals and important concert series were not long in coming. Lorenzo Soulès is a regular guest at the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije, the Festival du Périgord Noir and the Aldeburgh Music Festival. He has also made guest appearances at the Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Radio France. In the 2021/2022 season, he will perform Albéniz’s Iberia cycle at the Klavierfestival-Ruhr, Taipei National Concert Hall and SWR, as well as György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the Lemanic Modern Ensemble conducted by Pierre Bleuse. At the Klavierfestival-Ruhr, he has also been involved in the festival’s education work since 2011, regularly appearing at its presentations.
Lorenzo Soulès was born in Lyon and began playing the piano at the age of three. After graduating with the 1er Prix at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris C.N.R. at the age of 13, he continued his studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, where he passed the concert exam with distinction. In addition, he took lessons with the Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha in Barcelona from 2006 to 2009 to study the entire Iberia cycle with her.