« 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 concerts with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris (under P. Järvi and I. Metzmacher), 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 Québec (E. Mazzola), Malmö Symfoni (M. Soustrot), Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse (P. Davin)…
He has been the guest of several renowned festivals : La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Menton, Serres d’Auteuil, Rencontres Internationales F. Chopin, Vox Musica, Classique au Vert, Chambord, Colmar, Sully-sur- Loire, la Vézère, Cordes sur Ciel, Gand, Sceaux, Radio France and Montpellier, Epau
Abroad, he has also given 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).
For the 16-17 season, Romain Descharmes will be in concert with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, La Courroie, Salle Poirel in Nancy, Vésinet, at the Opéra de Lille…
He is also the guest of the Belle Saison and, in this frame, will give concerts at Bouffes du Nord in Paris, le Méjan, Béziers, Coulommiers…
Romain Descharmes' discography include recordings of Brahms (Claudio Records), Ravel (Audite), Fauré & Scriabine (Artalinna).
With the Malmö Symfoni and Marc Soustrot, he recorded all piano works by Saint-Saëns. These recordings will be released for Naxos in 2017.
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.
In the frame of his collaboration with the Palazetto Bru Zane he recorded Dubois’ Sonate and works by Hérold, Marie Jaëll’s First Piano concerto with the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Joseph Swensen (together they “premiered” this forgotten work in Lille in June 2012). This new disc has been released in 2016 and Romain Descharmes' performance was acclaimed by the critic.
Romain Descharmes is also willing to dedicate part of his time to teaching: he is a professor at the CRR in Paris.