Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Abdel Rahman El Bacha was born in Beirut in 1958 and performed Bach’s Concerto in D Minor at the age of ten. Subsequently, he studied at the Paris Conservatory, which he left in 1977 with four first prizes. 

His success at the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition marked the beginning of his international career. He became a French citizen in 1981, and during the 1993–94 season in Berlin he played all of Beethoven's sonatas.

Several great CD projects have contributed to his fame. Particularly noteworthy are his recording of all Chopin's piano compositions (Forlane), the first part of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier (Triton), a CD of works by Prokofiev and a box set of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas. The Prokofiev and Beethoven recordings, published on the French label Mirare, were played on a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano.

Abdel Rahman El Bacha, who currently teaches at Queen Elisabeth College in Brussels, said in an interview, "I have always loved Bechstein for its deep, subtle and singing voice."

Photos: Gérard Proust and Alix Laveau