The French pianist and teacher, Gabriel Tacchino, was a student of Jean Batalla, Jacquer Févier, Marguerite Long, and Francis Poulenc at the Paris Conservatoire (1947-1953), graduating with a premier prix in 1953. He took 1st prize at the Viotti Competition in Vercelli (1953), 2nd prize at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano (1954), co-2nd prize with Malcom Frager at the Geneva Competition (1955), 1st prize at the Casella Competition in Naples (1954), and 4th prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris (1957).
Gabriel Tacchino was launched on this international career as a soloist with orchestra and as a recitalist by Herbert von Karajan who engaged him to play with Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano and at the Wiener Festwochen. Following this remarkable debut, he played under some great conductors, among them Pierre Monteux, André Cluytens, Erich Leinsdorf, Jascha Horenstein, Riccardo Muti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Armin Jordan, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Raphaël Frubeck de Burgos, Eliahu Inbal, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowsky, Kent Nagano, Hubert Soudant, Uri Segal, Leopold Hager, Evelino Pido, Danièle Callegari, Dmitri Liss, Theodor Guschlbauer, Yoon Kuk Lee, Bruno Aprea, Pierro Bellugi, Mickael Schonwandt, Antonio Ros Marba, Isaac Karabtchevsky.
During his career, Gabriel Tacchino has performed as soloist with most major orchestras: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Orchestre National de Belgique, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National d’Espagne, Orchestre de chambre de la Phliharmonie de Salzbourg, Scotish Chamber Orchestre, English Chamber Orchestre, Europa Philharmonie – Camerata de Lausanne – Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In France : Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre ragional Cannes Provence Côte d’Azur, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Under the direction of Georges Pretre, Michel Plaason, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Serge Baudo, Alain Lombard, Emmanuel Krivine, Marc Soustrot, Laurent Petitgirard, Roberto Benzi, Philippe Bender, Cyril Dietrich, Jacques Mercier, Pascal Verrot, Marc Piolet, Jean-Jacques Kantorow.
Gabriel Tacchino distinguished himself as an interpreter of the Classical and Romantic repertoire, but won particular notoce for his championship of Francis Poulenc. As the sole student of F. Poulenc, he had the singular honour of being able to absorb at source an exceptional tradition as well as unique insights into the phrasing and style of this master, so that his interpretations have become works of reference.
Having taught the piano for several years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (from 1975), Gabriel Tacchino decided to devote himself exclusively to his performing career, while giving master-classes in Canada, Japan, Korea and Switzerland.
Gabriel Tacchino continues to be invited to the principal International Festivals such as Montreux, Lausanne, “Sviatoslav Richeter” in Moscow, Prague, Wiener Festwochen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Summer Festival, Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Athens, Besançon, Menton, Istanbul, Bresciae Bergamo, Dinard International Festival, Pablo Casals Prades.
Gabriel Tacchino has a particular fascination for chamber music, in which he has been associated with Isaas Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Patrick Gallois, Maxence Larrieu, Marielle Nordmann, Michel Lethiec, Bruno Rigutto, Gary Hoffmann, and Patrice Fontanarosa. He plays particularly in duet piano-violin with Pierre Amoyal, recital 4 hands and duet 2 pianos with Sandrine Tacchino in quintet with Quatuor Enesco, Fine Arts Quartet and duet 2 pianos with Janis Vakarelis and Maurizio Moretti.
His numerous recordings for EMI, Erato, Vox and Verany have received a rang of “Grand Prix du Disque”, “Victoires de la musique”, “Diapasons d’Or”.