Crédit photo : Alain LANGLOIS
Born in 1980, Pierre-Yves Plat started to play Classical piano when he was five-years-old with Marie-Claude Legrand. His personality and his inborn sense of rhythm led him to play boogie, ragtime and stride, and later on to create his own compositions thanks to the influence of several artists, including Edouard Ferlet (he received the Berklee jazz performance award in 1992) and Fabrice Eulry (also known under “le Chopin du Boogie-woogie”).
In 1996, on Fabrice Eurly’s instigation, he recorded his first ragtime disc and began performing on stage. Since then he has played in several halls, both in Paris and all over France, and regularly plays at blues, ragtime and Boogie-Woogie festivals. While in Paris he performed on different stages and in different jazz clubs such as: “Le Petit Journal Saint-Michel”, “Le Petit Journal Montparnasse”, “Lattitude Jazz club”, etc.). He also delighted clients with his piano at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris.
The great success of his creative plays of Bach and Chopin during his concerts (in particular during an enthusiastic solo concert at the “Archipel” (Paris, June 2005)), encouraged Pierre-Yves Plat to persevere with his compositions based on the work of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, etc. His compositions, assembled in his album ‘Pourquoi pas’, are based on his astonishing virtuosity, and provide a response to his inner self that combines his love for classical structures and the pleasure of hearing original rhythmic breakaway.
A true performer Pierre-Yves Plat is in his element on stage. As he begins to play a classical masterpiece, he bows his head and puffs out his cheeks in apparent tedium before throwing a cheeky glance towards the audience and breaking into his own ragtime rendition. Never sat still, he dances out of his stool, getting carried away towards the end, bashing out the high notes with his toes. The young virtuoso is even capable of exciting the crowd enough to sing along to his more contemporary rearrangements. Pierre-Yves Plat succeeds in creating a musical cross between humour and fantasy, classical and jazz, a real show!
With the glory of participating in the film ‘Un Bonheur n’arrive Jamais Seul’ with Sophie Marceau, in which he played the double of Gad Elmaleh’s hands in the interpretations of his own piano arrangements Pierre-Yves Plat also enamoured us at the ‘Choregies d’Orange 2012’ in front of 8,000 people, sharing the stage with Laurent Gerra, Adamo and the Monte Carlo Philharminic Orchestra and others. His speciality: adapting classical pieces into Jazz. His dexterity and astonishing swing make him surely one of the most talented pianists of his generation.
Compositions and music rearrangement for short films by Méliès (Fechner Production).
Musical work and production of the show “Classique ou Jazz” with Guillaume Garcia.
The making and production of “Récréations”, a disc mixing classical and jazz music.
Group training in Sweden with Sighstinska Kapellet.
Pianist at the Four Seasons Hotel George V (Paris).
Jazz training with Fabrice Eurly (Boogie’s Chopin) (Boogie, Rock’n roll, Ryhtm’n blues, Ragtime, Stride).
Jazz training with Edourd Ferlet (Berklee Jazz Performance Award – 1992), (work on harmonies…)
Classical training with Marie-Claude Legrand (Professor at the Music Academy of Boulogne).
TOURS/ REFERENCES/ CONCERTS
Théâtre de La Celle Saint-Cloud
Théâtre Montansier (Versailles)
« …within a few seconds, the room becomes his own while he manages the trick of alternating from Chopin’s music to Boogie with brio and a peak of humour.. He reminds us of the Marx Brothers, and his burlesque interpretation of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms, mixed up with Latin jazz, gets enthusiastic applauses from the public. During the second part, Claude Bolling, playing solo, as well …”Michel Bedin, Jazz hot
Theatre Théâtre Nouvelle France (Le Chesnay)
Salle Cortot (Paris)
Cultural centre arabe syrien (Paris) Espace Macc (Villeneuve d’Ascq)
Amphiteatre of the High School du lycée de Grandchamp (Versailles)
Show case at Fnac Parisienne (during the promotion of the album «Pourquoi Pas»)
Residency Les Sources (Fontenay Le Fleury)
Beach of Kelenn (Carantec (29))
Petit Journal Saint-Michel (Paris)
Le Kibélé (Paris)
Forum des arts (Saint-Malo)
Le vieux Castillon (Près d’Avignon)
Jazz club Lionel Hampton (Méridien Etoile)
L’espace du Roudour (Saint Martin des Champs)
« He performed in front of a full house, who were very pleased by the performance of this unequivalented artist […] He is Unique to the piano’s universe. Pierre-Yves Plat wowed his audience by modifying some tunes that belonged to the classical repertory and adding jazz rhythms to them. Chopin, Bach, Beethoven are reliving a new youth, thanks to the audacity and talent from the fingers of this virtuoso.” Le Télegramme
Theatre Graslin (Nantes) (L’Eventail, compagnie de danse baroque, dirigée par Marie-Geneviève Massé)
Stadium Michaux (Le Chesnay 78)
“Classical and fantasist […] His show should surprise greatly” Les Nouvelles de Versailles
Salle François de Tournemine (Landivisiau)
« Divine on the stage of Tournemine […] The show is simply startling, the artist’s finger’s moving with fantastic velocity over the keyboard as he recites a disco version of Handel. His entire interpretation is a whole universe of creativity, an awesome improvisation of well-known tunes such as the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor of Johann Sebastian Bach, or more surprisingly, La Java des Bombes Atomiques, inspired by the work of Boris Vian, based on Tea for two. Extraordinarily eclectic! Thrilled, the spectators lengthily applauded the final, and what a final: Beethoven and his “Moonlight” Sonata. We would ask for more.” Ouest France