Pierre Amoyal is one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. He began his music studies very early and was awarded a Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 12. Five years later he departed for Los Angeles to study with Jascha Heifetz. There he enjoyed the privilege of performing chamber music in concert as well as in recording with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky.
His long career has given him the opportunity to play regularly with the most important conductors of our time: Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Eliahu Inbal, Georges Prêtre, Guennadi Roshdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Simon Rattle, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Myung Whun Chung, etc.
His numerous recordings include works by Fauré (with Anne Queffélec), Chausson and Franck as well as concertos by Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns (No. 3) and Respighi’s Concerto Gregoriano with Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre National de France. His most recent recordings for Harmonia Mundi include Grieg’s and Brahms’ violin sonatas with Frederic Chiu and René Koering’s Violin Concerto with Friedemann Layer.
Pierre Amoyal is also a passionate teacher. He was appointed a professor at the CNSM de Paris at a very young age and taught for many years at the Lausanne Conservatory. Since 2013 he is a professor for violin at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
With Alexis Weissenberg, Pierre Amoyal was the founding member of the Lausanne Summer Music Academy devoted exclusively to the repertoire of sonatas for violin and piano. He is now the artistic director of the Academie de Musique Riviera.
In 1985 Pierre Amoyal was named Chevalier of Arts and Lettres and in 1995 was raised to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. In 2002 he received the Prix du Rayonnement de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture and in 2006 the Prix de Lausanne, awarded to distinguished personalities in the field of arts, culture or science.
Pierre Amoyal plays one of the world’s most famous violins, the Kochansky Stradivarius from 1717, which was miraculously recovered in Italy in 1991 after its theft in 1987.