Gabriel Tacchino began his international career when Herbert Von Karajan engaged him to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, the La Scala Orchestra in Milan, and at the Vienna Festival. This exceptional debut led to a number of collaborations with some of the world’s greatest conductors: Pierre Monteux, Georges Prêtre, Erich Leinsdorf, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Dervaux, André Cluytens, Michel Plasson, Emmanuel Krivine, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Bender, Louis de Froment, Shlomo Mintz, Eliahu Inbal, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Alexandre Myrat, Kent Nagano, and Hiroyuki Iwaki, among others.
Gabriel Tacchino has also appeared as a soloist with some of the most prestigious international orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, La Scala, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre national du Capitole in Toulouse, the Salzburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Orchestre Régional de Cannes, and others.
He has been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall, La Scala in Milan, the Salzburg Festspielhaus, the Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Suntory Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Sala Verdi in Milan, and more.
As Francis Poulenc’s sole student, Gabriel Tacchino was able to acquire an undeniable tradition directly from the source, as well as insights into style and phrasing, making his interpretations of Poulenc works of reference. His many recordings for EMI, Erato, Warner Music, Vox, Verany, and Arion have received a range of awards including the Grand Prix du Disque, Victoire de la Musique, and Diapason d’Or.
After having taught piano for several years at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris, he decided to devote himself exclusively to his performing career, while giving master classes in France, Canada, Korea, China, Switzerland, Austria, and Luxembourg.
He sits as a jury member and president for several prestigious international competitions, such as the Ferrucio Busoni International Competition (Bolzano), the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition (Paris), the Francis Poulenc International Piano Competition (Brives and Tulle), the World Music Masters Competition (Monte Carlo), BNDES International Piano Competition (Rio de Janeiro), the International Nice-Côte d’Azur Piano Competition, etc.
From 2006 to 2008, he was a guest professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai); he also teaches advanced classes at the Académie Internationale d’Été in Nice, at the Internationale Sommerakademie – Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, and as part of the Internationale Meisterkurse in Luxembourg. Since September 2009, he has taught an advanced piano class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Gabriel Tacchino is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite, and a Chevalier of the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2015, he received the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” international award at the 10th edition of the Florence Biennale.