Pierre De Bethmann

Pierre de Bethmann was born in 1965 in Paris, France. He was raised there and began lessons in classical piano at the age of 6. Later, he discovered jazz. He continued his musical and other regular studies, graduating from ESCP (major French graduate college of management) in 1987. In 1989, he also studied for one year at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1990, he began his career as a consultant in management. In 1994, he founded trio Prysm along with Christophe Wallemme u0026 Benjamin Henocq. One year later, he quit his job as a manager to become a professional musician. Prysm played over 50 concerts per year from 1996 to 2001. He also toured the U.S., Japan, and the Middle East and recorded four albums for Blue Note. In 2001, he started a new project under the codename “ilium”, which was exclusively based on original songs. After starting as a 5tet, the band evolved into a 7tet and then a 4tet. Five albums have been released by the band, including “GO”, which was released on September 2, 2012 for French Label Plus Loin. He was a frequent sideman for major French jazz artists, including Stephane Huchard and Pierrick Pedron. He was also a part of other musical projects such as the tours of James Taylor (1998-1999), Danyel Waro (2002–2003), Marcia Maria (2006), and Thierry Escaich (2006–2008). He recorded ten albums as a leader or co-leader (Prysm and Ilium) Has teached at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris since 2008, and occasionally at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood since 2005, at Cefedem Bordeaux (2009), at the Conservatoire National de Montpellier (2003-07), and on the occasion of several French Festivals (Buis les Baronnies 2010, Capbreton 2007, Marciac 2006, …) Victoire du Jazz 2008 – French instrumental album of the year Django Reinhardt Prize 2004 – French musician of the year Django d’Or 1998 – French group of the year (Prysm) 1st prize at the Concours National de Jazz de La Defense in 1994 from http://pierredebethmann.com/en

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