盧卡斯．迪巴葛在 2015 年柴可夫斯基國際音樂大賽獲得鋼琴組第四名，但獨特的風格讓他風靡全球，同時獲得莫斯科樂評人協會獎。精湛的演奏技巧與不同凡響的背景 —— 20 歲才開始接受正規的音樂訓練，被媒體譽為「真正的贏家」，大賽主席葛濟夫更破例讓他在優勝者慶功宴上演奏，而之後演出邀約不斷。
迪巴葛在 11 歲才正式拜師，在巴黎東北的貢比涅音樂院（Conservatoire de Musique de Compiègne）向莫妮耶（Christine Meunier）學習，15 歲進了高中後就停止鋼琴課程，只有在跟朋友派對或是即興才彈奏。他與朋友組樂團、彈低音吉他，豐富他對和聲的理解；但同時感到需要工作、勞動，於是在超商打工兩年。他談到 11 到 15 歲之間，他對音樂有強烈慾望，當時在抒發野獸一般的能量；他表示音樂並非只有寧靜、祥和，有許多時候也有暴力的成分。
他 17 歲考進巴黎第七大學唸法國文學，直到 2010 年受邀參加貢比涅的音樂節，有人建議他繼續學習彈鋼琴，他先才在博韋音樂院（Beauvais Conservatoire）向董柏西尼（Philippe Tamborini）學習，一年後取得音樂文憑，2011 年向知名的俄國鋼琴老師雪烈雪芙斯卡雅（Rena Shereshevskaya）學習。當時，雪烈雪芙斯卡雅不認同他的彈琴方法，而他則不顧老師看衰，想要考進法國巴黎高等音樂院（Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris）；兩人從互相挑釁開始，到互相合作，迪巴葛成功錄取，師承海瑟（Jean-François Heisser），在 2015 年畢業，但持續和雪烈雪芙斯卡雅學習，也在她的指導下參加大賽。
迪巴葛表示他的音樂生命中，最重要的是演出、作曲、即興。他今年夏天在芝加哥演出即興爵士，而在繁忙的演出中，仍然保持一年寫作一至兩首作品。2015 年他完成了大提琴奏鳴曲，與法國大提琴家宇赫多（Sebastien Hurtaud）首演，2016 年則完成鋼琴與弦樂器三重奏，與小提琴家、大提琴兄弟檔卡斯楚巴爾比（David Castro-Balbi與Alexandre Castro-Balbi ）合作首演。
“There hasn’t been a foreign pianist who has caused such a stir since Glenn Gould’s arrival in Moscow in the midst of the Cold War, or Van Cliburn’s victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition.” - Olivier Bellamy, Le Huffington Post
French pianist Lucas Debargue was discovered through his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in year 2015. Although placing only fourth in the final round, he was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded with the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist who’s “incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”.
Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue was invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world: the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow; Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall; Theatre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Paris Philharmonic; Conservatory of Milan; Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall; Konserthuset in Stockholm; Carnegie Hall in New York and further prestigious concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Seattle, Mexico, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul …
He also collaborates with such famous conductors as Valery Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev and he also appears regularly in chamber music ensembles with Gidon Kremer, Janine Jansen and Martin Fröst.
Lucas Debargue was born in 1990. His path to becoming a pianist was all but conventional: he began studying piano when he was 11 but soon switched to literature and graduated from Paris Diderot University with a Bachelor’s Art Degree. Although focusing on literature, he also took time to work his way through a large part of the core piano repertoire during his younger years.
He began his professional piano training only after he had turned 20 years old. This came about after a meeting with the celebrated piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya, who offered him the opportunity to join her class at the École Normale de Musique de Paris “Alfred Cortot” in 2011. This decision committed him to a musical path. In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the 9th Gaillard International Piano Competition (France) before becoming one of the prize winners at the 15th Tchaikovsky Competition. In April 2016 he obtained a “Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste” and a Special Cortot Prize from the Cortot School. He currently continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the postgraduate level of the same school.
A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue draws inspiration from literature, painting, cinema and jazz and develops very personal interpretation of a carefully selected repertoire. Though the core piano repertoire is central in his career, Lucas Debargue is also known to present works by lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Nikolai Roslavets or Milosz Magin. He also composes and performs his own music: a concertino for piano, percussions and string orchestra with Kremerata Baltica was premiered June 2017 in Cēsis, Latvia and a piano trio was performed in September 2017 at the Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Lucas Debargue’s record label is Sony Classical and he has already released three solo albums – “Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel” (2016); “Bach, Beethoven, Medtner” (2016) and “Schubert & Szymanowski” (2017). In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious German music prize “ECHO Klassik”.
He has also been the subject of a documentary “Lucas Debargue: To Music”, directed by Martin Mirabel and produced by Bel Air Media. The movie follows the pianist in the aftermath of his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition and was released in the autumn 2017.