« But Descharmes is clearly a major talent, finely recorded, and makes you look forward to what will surely be a second disc of Ravel. » - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
« One of the greatest challenges in this above all of Ravel's piano works is to characterize the musics dancing lilt and affectionate phrasing without sounding calculating and arch, a test which Descharmes passes with flying colours as he enters into each miniature distinctive sound-world. This is compelling playing that takes the listener on a vital emotional journey, never generalizing the specific. » - Julian Haylock, International Record Review
Most considered by his fellow musicians, Romain Descharmes is in demand for concerts with orchestra but also for recitals and chamber music.
Since his noteworthy debut with the Orchestre de Paris in May 2012, Romain Descharmes has established himself as one of the main French pianists of his generation.
His recent projects include reinvitations to the Orchestre de Paris (under P. Järvi and I. Metzmacher), concerts with the Orchestre National de Lyon (L. Slatkin), Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (T. Sokhiev and A. Altinoglu), Orchestre National d'Ile de France (T. Otaka), Orchestre de Bordeaux Aquitaine (F. Gabel), Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse (P. Davin), Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (E. Mazzola), Malmö Symfoni (M. Soustrot), …
He has been the guest of several renowned festivals : La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Menton, Chambord, Colmar, Sully-sur- Loire, la Vézère, Cordes sur Ciel, Gand, Sceaux, Radio France and Montpellier, and he is also performing concert at Théâtre du Châtelet, Trident in Cherbourg, Théâtre du Vésinet, Salle Poirel in Nancy, Lille opera house, and in the frame of La Belle Saison (Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Le Méjan, ...).
Abroad, he gives recitals in London and Istanbul, in India for the Arties Festival, in Mexico for the Cervantino Festival or in Serbia for the Bemus Festival and he is a regular guest of the Palazetto Bru Zane.
In June 2014 he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie performing Ravel’s Left hand concerto with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under Dennis Russell Davies during Young Euro Classic.
He is also a much sought-after chamber musician. He is renowned for his sensitive playing and has a wide repertoire, which ranges from sonatas to larger ensemble pieces, as well as lieder, which he is particularly fond of. He has collaborated with Quatuor Ebène, Diotima and Danel, Sarah and Déborah Nemtanu, Pierre Fouchenneret, Henri Demarquette, François Salque and Lise Berthaud…
An eclectic musician, he also plays with the ensemble Quai N°5. They recorded two discs for Decca-Universal and are playing on prestigious stages in Paris (Bataclan, Cigale, Européen, Café de la Danse).
And he is now a member of the Trio Talweg.
During the 17-18 season, among other projects and besides numerous concerts with the trio Talweg (including their residence in Le Havre), we can note concerts at L’Esprit du Piano festival in Bordeaux, Festival de Besançon, Salle Cortot in Paris, in Pau (in recital and in a chamber music programme with Pierre Fouchenneret), Nancy, at the Musicales Gabriel Fauré in Annecy, La Chaux de Fonds, in Luxembourg, at Les Moments Musicaux de Touraine (in recital and in a chamber music programme), at the Essaouira and Colmar festivals, as well as a Brahms cycle at the Bouffes du Nord (Paris), ...
Romain Descharmes' discography include recordings of Brahms (Claudio Records), Ravel (Audite), Fauré & Scriabine (Artalinna).
In September 2016, he released (for Aparte) the whole Beethoven's Sonatas for violin and piano with Pierre Fouchenneret. A "magical" recording according to some media.
For Naxos, he recorded all piano works by Saint-Saëns with the Malmö Symfoni and Marc Soustrot . The first two volumes were releasead in March & June 2017 and received critical acclaim.
Romain Descharmes is also willing to dedicate part of his time to teaching: he is a professor at the CRR in Paris.