Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Paul Montag began playing piano at the age of four. Two years later, he entered France’s National Regional Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt and at 11 was awarded a Unanimous First Prize. At 13, he was admitted to France’s National Superior Conservatory of Music of Paris (CNSM), where he earned two recital prizes. Later he attended France’s Normal School of Music in Paris, where he earned the Superior Perfection Certificate and the Concert Certificate, and participated in the master classes of pianists Anne Quéfélec, François-René Duchâble, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Paul Badura-Skoda.
As an award winner of the Cziffra Foundation and a recipient of the Charles Oulmont Prize of the Foundation of France, he was invited at a young age to play in a number of renowned festivals throughout Europe including those at Sceaux, Epau, Colmar, Senlis, Evian, Milan, Sienna, Bamberg and Porto. He also frequently performed at major Parisian halls including the Gaveau, the Cortot, the Mogador and the Salle Pleyel. In recent years he has been touring and giving master classes in Japan and Vietnam.
He recently recorded Paul Hindemith’s youth piano music; a complete edition of Albert Roussel’s melodies; and songs of Charles-Marie Widor and Félicien David. He loves musical diversity and is particularly fond of contemporary repertoire, participating in numerous musical world premieres as well as recordings on France Musique and broadcasts for the Nippon Television Network System.
This performance marks Paul Montag’s La Jolla Music Society debut