the pianist PASCAL WINTZ and its musicians
Pascal Wintz was born in 1966 in the French Alps near the beautiful city of Annecy. After obtaining his diplomas for piano jazz and composition from the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève, Pascal Wintz turned towards classical music, obtaining the prize "Gabriela de Agostini" and entered the class of virtuosity érieur de Paris.
"First of all, I learned to improvise on the piano in pure jazz-man style and gave my first jazz concerts", he asserts. "Then, I studied the extremely demanding discipline of classical music. Whilst studying in Paris, I interpreted the Beethoven's 3rd Concerto with the Cities University Symphony Orchestra".
Pascal Wintz then made a start giving classical recitals: The
United Stated Foundation in Paris, The French Alliance in Denver,
The Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Paquet Cruises on the Mediterranean
Sea, a tour with the Orchestra of the Savoy Region of France.
When his first passion caught up with him, Pascal Wintz introduced jazz into his recitals and presented a cocktail of music from Bach to Duke Ellington.
Inspired by American Musical Comedies and 1930's Jazz, he found a repertoire which fitted his musical aspirations. Using a fluent neo-classical writing style, he has adapted these popular themes for the piano and has proved his talents as an improviser and interpreter. "Today, I make a composition of the two styles in my own arrangements. I am particularly at ease with Gershwin's music, both jazz and classical at the same time and with 1930's Jazz at once melodious and lively."
He has also released several recordings: Jazz Piano 1930, Genuine Jazz Piano, Stompin' with Gershwin, Divertiento Viennois, Plays Broadway, West Side Story, Piano Romantique, Antigone Variations. "I would like to demonstrate through my musical journey", he concludes "that Gershwin and the Broadway composers, deserve an important place in twentieth century music; like Mozard and Chopin, they were able to write music both brilliant and popular".
Since 1995, Pascal Wintz has travelled with his own Steinway Concert Grand Piano, which he transports to all locations using a marvellous motorised machine, the "Klavier-Roller". Since his first engagements in 1991, he has performed over one thousand times.
With a repertoire entirely devoted to 1930's Jazz, Pascal Wintz shifts into top gear with gay, lively Swing accentuated by the rhythmic complexities of the music overlaying it.
He relates particularly to the Kings of Jazz such as 'Fats' Waller, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington, whose compositions set standards of musicianship. He has been inspired by their rollicking, brilliant style, and adds his "French touch" along with his classical background.
Trained in recitals of Beethoven and Liszt, Pascal Wintz is able to arrange his own programs and exploit all the resources of the piano to capture the attention of large audiences. His concerts let us rediscover the standards of classical jazz interpreted with a disconcerting ease and innate sense of Swing.
Both Jazz and classical, Pascal Wintz has a partiality for George
Gershwin's music leaves much freedom for interpretation and lends itself to improvisation.
It requires new interpretations based on a solid jazz background - and classical too - to be able to adapt and perform in concert. He recites Gershwin's music with arrangements for piano solo, for two pianos and as soloist with orchestra.
Engagements by Pascal Wintz and his musicians:
Concerts and festivals
Fêtes Musicales de Savoie Courchevel, Festival Un Piano sous les arbres Lunel-Viel, Conservatoire de Lausanne, salle Rameau Lyon, Tufts University Talloires, Festival Un piano à la mer Marseille, Mairie d'Annecy-le-Vieux, Le Majestic Chamonix, Musikmesse Francfort, Office de Tourisme les Menuires, Centre culturel de St-Amarin Alsace, Centre culturel de Coulommiers, Hôtel Royal Luxenbourg, Théatre de l'Echange Annecy, Lounge Music Festival les Gets, FNAC Lyon Part Dieu...
Hotels, castles, seminar and congress centers:
Montreux Palace, Royal Resort Evian, Beau Rivage Genève, Impérial Palace Annecy, Château de Ripaille Thonon, Palace de Menthon lac d'Annecy, Chalet du Mont d'Arbois Megève, Hôtel Allodis Méribel, Hôtel Annapurna Courchevel, Au Coeur du Village la Clusaz, Maison de l’Amérique Latine Paris, Yachts de Paris, Château de Bagnols Lyon, Hôtel Kempinsky Genève, Casino Lyon Vert, BFM Genève, Hôtel Opéra-Concorde Paris, Portes des Iris Lausanne, Cours des Loges Lyon, CGN Genève, Château de Coudrée Thonon...
Event agencies, wedding planner
MCI Group Genève et Paris, Haute Pursuit Chamonix, Scarlett Entertainment Londres, MBB Events Genève, Centre International de Conférence Genève, Kolosia Wedding Lausanne ...
Companies and individual customers
Patek Philippe Genève, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Monsento Genève, Cartier Genève, Givenchy Méribel, Staübli Annecy, BioMerrieux Lyon, 4807 Immobilier Annecy, Alfa Roméo Chambéry, Onera Modane...
and many newly weds, French, Swiss, English, Americans, Brazilians, Belgians...
Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris Prize(1991)
Prize of Gabriele de Agostini Foundation (1988)
Graduate in classical piano at the Geneva Conservatoire (1988)
Graduate in jazz piano at the Geneva Conservatoire (1986)
Practical information and Services
Concerts and entertainment in Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Switzerland, Isère and Lyon region: Geneva, Annecy, Lausanne, Montreux, Evian, Divonne, Lyon, Aix-les-Bains, Méribel, Megève, Courchevel, Grenoble, Chambéry, Chamonix, Thonon... Concerts in France and Europe: Paris, Strasbourg, Bruxelles, Luxembourg, Frankfurt ... more than 1000 performances since 1991