* 21. 05. 1943.
The pianist Pascal Sigrist was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland where he also completed his musical studies (Roger Boss, Harry Datyner) before moving to Belgium. There he studied simultaneously at the Queen Elizabeth College of Music under Eduardo del Pueyo and attended course headed by Margot Pinter, Nikita Magaloff et Joszef Szigeti. He has won several international competitions including the 'Concours international de Genève' (1970) and the soloists prize of the AMS (1971). Since then he performs in the countries of Europe, North America and Japan. He has been invited to appear as a soloist by a number of orchestras and performs under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Michael Gielen, Jerzy Semkov, André Vandernoot, Pierre Bartholomée and others.
His repertoire consists of some forty concertos and a large choice of recitals from all periods. Pascal Sigrist has an affinity to the music of the 20th century and profits from the advice of the composers he meets such as Frank Martin, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Klaus Huber and Pierre Bartholomée. From the last he world-premiered and recorded 'Variations' (2000) and 13 Bagatelles (2003).
Sigrist is also a renowned chamber musician who works with instrumentalists as well as singers, he has also been a much valued teacher at the 'Conservatoire Royal d'Anvers' since 1972 and head of various master classes in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and North America.