Amoyal is well known to music lovers. He has played with the greatest
conductors and orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the
world. This virtuoso is also the lucky owner of the one of the most
beautiful violins ever made : the famous "Kochanski," a Stradivarius that
was stolen from him in 1987, and which was miraculously recovered four years
later by the Italian "Carabinieri". When Amoyal was
only twelve years old, he completed his studies at the Paris Conservatory
with a First Prize. The prodigy then left for Los Angeles to study with the
legendary Jascha Heifetz. The two spent five intense years together,
culminated by chamber music concerts and recordings with the cellist, Gregor
At the age of 22, he made his European debut with the late Sir Georg Solti
and the Orchestre de Paris, followed by appearances in all of the major
European capitals, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America and
in the Far East. Amoyal has played under the most important conductors of
the last three decades: von Karajan, Ozawa, Boulez, Maazel, Solti, Pretre,
Sanderling, Roshdestvensky, Rattle, and Mung Whun Chung, to name only a few.
His first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Maestro von Karajan
in Berlin was followed by many further performances with this orchestra,
including the German premier of the Dutilleux Concerto under Lorin Maazel.
In 1985, he made his recital debut in Carnegie Hall, which received
outstanding critical acclaim.
Herbert von Karajan and Pierre Amoyal
He was the youngest musician ever to be nominated as a professor at the
Paris Conservatory. Following his move to Switzerland, he now teaches at the
Lausanne Conservatory. Also in Lausanne, he initiated a novel music academy,
dedicated to the violin/piano repertoire, which he gives annually with Bruno
Pierre Amoyal is a very touching example of a virtuoso whose exceptional
talents never hindered his love of hard work, nor a development of the most
essential human qualities.
Pierre Amoyal is also a passionate teacher. He is the artistic director of
the Academie de Lausanne, devoted exclusively to the violin.piano
repertoire, which he founded with Alexis Weissenberg and nd
now co-directs with Bruno Canino.
In conjunction with the Lausanne Conservatory (Haute Ecole de Musique)
Pierre Amoyal founded the Camerata Lausanne, an ensemble made up of some 12
to 13 talented young musicians from around the world. The ensemble performs
throughout Switzerland and Europe and at the major festivals in France.