Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas, France, 2011
Tour Dates
  • 26 Mar - 2 Apr, 2011

Tour Dates: 26 Mar - 2 Apr, 2011

"An exceptional, subtle, powerful and elegant pianist…"
- Adrien De Vries,

 At the age of 30, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas has over 300 works in his repertoire and has already given over 350 concerts in 20 countries around the world. He has performed on international stages such as l’Oratoire du Louvre, Tbilisi Conservatory (Georgia), Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Scriabin Museum, the Hermitage of Saint-Petersburg and the Hamamatsu Act City in Japan.

Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas was awarded the First Prize at the Mravinsky Competition of Saint-Petersburg in 1997. In 1998, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas was granted a scholarship by the Rhône-Poulenc company that allowed him to study in the class of Tatiana Zelikman at the Moscow Gnesin Academy of Music. While still a student, he was awarded funding by the Charles Oulmont Foundation and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale. In 2000, he won the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation competition, presided over by Elisabeth Badinter, and became a laureate of the Robert Hossein promotion, under the patronage of Liliane Bettencourt. After six years in Moscow, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas graduated from the Gnesin Institute with the classification ‘Excellent’ in 2005. A few months later, he was awarded the prize of Classical Revelation of the Year 2005, by the ADAMI in Paris.

Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas is also esteemed by critics and his fellow musicians as a chamber music player. In 2009, his record dedicated to Schubert for the Fondamenta label was unanimously praised by critics. The same year, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas recorded a CD with violinist Svetlin Roussev, dedicated to the 3rd sonatas by Grieg and by Medtner. The recording was acclaimed by critics Europe-wide and was granted major prizes, such as Choice of Mezzo Channel, Choix de France Musique, Clé Resmusica, 4 Stars Classica and 5 Diapason. The same year, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas gave a concert for two pianos with Alexander Kobrin in Paris’ Salle Gaveau. That particularly noteworthy concert has been broadcasted several times in over 39 countries by Mezzo Channel. Simultaneously, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas is gathering, translating and commenting on Sergei Prokofiev’s correspondence for a coming publication for the Editions Fayard.

In 2009, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas was elected Artist of the Year in France by Resmusica.

During the coming season, Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas will perform in France, Austria, South Korea, Japan, Luxembourg, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.



"An exceptional, subtle, powerful and elegant pianist…"
-Adrien De Vries, Classiquenews, March 2009

"Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas o¬ffers us a vision that is both spectacular and humble, never forced upon the audience, and always managed so that it leaves us unresolved, plunged into a musing close to ecstasy. Words are useless, all there is to do is listen … and enjoy this Schubert/Liszt as we should!"
- Christophe Le Gall, Resmusica, February 2009

"D'Oria-Nicolas plays with a disconcerting ease. A very beautiful recording…"
- Lexnews, February 2009

"Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas has captured the essence of the twenty-third sonata outstandingly. To the very particular sonority is added a speech developed with nature, assurance and elegance. This first recording confirms the fine musicality and the clear-sightedness of this quiet strength which never mistakes delicacy and affectation".
- Sébastien Foucart, Concertonet, February 2009

"Inhabited Schubertien, Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas asserts his poet's temperament in this album which wavers between the dream and the shadows. He is light-fingered, and his rubato is clever with a touch of luxurious elegance: this first album is astonishing. This recording is an event, and remains a favorite one of the editorial recordings' staff of"
- Adrien De Vries, Classiquenews, March 2009

" …From the very beginning of the Sonata in B flat D960 by Schubert, we are struck by a very beautiful sound which makes us come into that outstanding piece as in a dream. Indeed, such an ability to control the sound isn't given to everyone and it takes part in the bewitchment which we feel…The Horowitzian "Soirée de Vienne" is fluid and virtuoso".
- Bertrand Boissard, PIANISTE magazine, June 2009