Born in Paris in 1978, French-British pianist Jeremy Eskenazi is regularly invited to give concerts, seminars, workshops and lecture-recitals around the world. The holder of a PhD in Performance Practice from the Royal Academy of Music (University of London), he has performed in many venues, such as the Festival Chopin in Paris, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, and the Istanbul Opera House.
Jeremy started to learn the piano aged 7, and aged 10 entered the Conservatoire Francis Poulenc in Paris, studying with Mlle Rognon. That same year, he met Turkish pianist Verda Erman, whose supervision, encouragement and musical advice across the next 15 years had a profound influence on his pianistic development. From 1990 to 1992, Jeremy topped the Paris inter-conservatoire examinations 3 years in a row – an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Paris municipal conservatoires. He then gained a place at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where his professor Billy Eidi opened to him a wide array of piano repertoire. Under Eidi’s direction, Jeremy won 1 st prize in the Cycle Supérieur (1995) and Distinction in the Cycle de Perfectionnement (1997). Jeremy’s keen interest in mathematics led him to pursue 2 years of higher mathematics at the Parisian institution Louis-Le-Grand from 1996 to 1998. He then resumed piano studies, entering the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under Edson Elias. He obtained there the Diplôme d’Exécution in 2000.
Later that year, he moved to London where he had gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music. Studying first with Joanna MacGregor, then with Aaron Shorr and Roy Howat, Jeremy graduated from the Academy with a LRAM in 2003, a first-class BMus Honours degree in 2004, a MMus Masters degree in 2005, and a PhD in 2010, winning many prizes along the way, including the Lilian Davies Beethoven prize in 2001 and the top final recital prize in 2004. Jeremy is also the recipient of several competition prizes, including the Primo di Distinzione at Città di Marsala in Sicily (2001), and 1 st prize at the Concours Saint-Nom-La-Bretêche in France (1995). A sought-after concerto and chamber musician, Jeremy has worked with many eminent musicians, notably Paul Badura-Skoda and György Kurtág.
In 2006, Jeremy founded the Muzio Clementi Society (www.clementisociety.com ), which has become an authoritative online source of information highlighting Clementi’s significance as a composer, publisher, instrument maker, and as ‘the father of the piano’. Jeremy’s keen interest on connections between Beethoven, Clementi and other composers from the London Pianoforte School is currently the subject of a book publication for Ut Orpheus Edizioni in Italy (2012). Other engagements with publishers include a contribution to the first multi-lingual book on the composer Jan Ladislav Dussek (Ut Orpheus), a selected edition of Dussek piano sonatas (Edition HH, UK), and review work for Ut Orpheus and Cambridge University Press.