Biography

Acclaimed for the originality of his concert programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in England. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Prelude and Fugues, or  lesser-known composers such as Roger-Ducasse, whose public recognition is not equal to their genius as composer.

Recent engagements have taken him to New York, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague. He is invited for the 3rd consecutive time to take part in the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, where he will play Beethoven 4th piano Concerto, with conductor David Hill.

Patrick has published 3 CDs, which have been very well received by the international press, and have led to an invitation to give the inaugural concert of the Novak Society, where he played Novak’s masterpiece, Pan, which had not been heard in Prague for 50 years.

His profound musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts, means he is in demand as a lecturer. He has given talks for the Cambridge University, as well as a cycle of concert-lectures on French music, presenting composers little known to the general public, their environment, their influence and their music. This led to the recordings of the piano music of Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emmanuel. 

Patrick is laureate of the international competition of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. 

Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.