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Baptiste Trotignon
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Artist Biography
Baptiste Trotignon is a French jazz pianist and composer born in 1974 in the Paris region.
Biography :
After having tried the violin, he naturally goes to the piano, which his father practices as an amateur. He joined the Conservatory of Nantes at 9, where he won piano and writing awards. He discovers jazz as an autodidact. He plays the role of Rydell, a young jazz pianist, in the movie The New World directed by Alain Corneau in 1995. He moved to Paris, and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in the class of Jazz. In 1996, he was a second soloist at the National Jazz Competition of Defense and also cited in Jazzman as "New Talent".
In 1998, he set up his trio with Clovis Nicolas on bass and Tony Rabeson on drums, with whom he released his first album Fluide in June 2000, which won the Djangodor of Hope for a first record.
In October 2002, he won the Grand Prix of the City of Paris of the International Martial Solal Competition, and a few months later he was awarded the French Revelation of the Year award at the Victoires du Jazz 2003. It was the same year that released his first solo album. His second solo album, Solo II, was released in 2005, and will be reissued in 2008 with a solo concert at Salle Pleyel.
While multiplying the meetings (duets with Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau or Nicholas Angelich, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Lamoureux Orchestra, film music for Sartre by Claude Goretta ...), he collaborates with David El Malek with a two-headed quartet, accompanied by Daryl Hall and Dré Pallemaerts, who notably gives the double live album Fool Time in 2007.
For his album Share, he recorded in New York with Matt Penman, Otis Brown III and Eric Harland and invited Tom Harrell and Mark Turner on four tracks. The album Suite ... is a disc recorded in public in London with the same musicians (except Tom Harrell).
In November 2012 the piano concerto composed by Baptiste Trotignon, Different Spaces, was created by Nicholas Angelich (to whom the work is dedicated3) and the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel. The concerto is in four movements: the first two follow one another to a brilliant finale; follows an Adagio religioso that can evoke Bartók's 3rd Concerto3. The last movement, chained to the previous one, ends with an Agitato Accelerando4. We can hear in this concerto echoes of the music of Prokofiev, Debussy, Kurt Weill or Bach5. A recording comes out in 2015 with the same performers entitled Different Spaces. There are also three preludes for piano solo and three pieces for two pianos, played by Trotignon and Angelich.

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