Victor Metral Biography
Victor started playing the piano with Jeanine Collet, a pupil of the late Alfred Cortot, then with Sandra Chamoux at the Conservatory of Grenoble. Later he integrated the Paris Conservatory where he studied under Claire-Marie Le Guay, Bruno Rigutto, Anne Queffélec and Michel Dalberto. A recipient of three Masters (Piano,Chamber Music & Vocal Accompaniment), he pursues his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Michel Dalberto for a Diploma of Artist Interpret.
Among the artists he encountered and had the opportunity to study with are Aldo Ciccolini, Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Claude Pennetier, and Ivry Gitlis. He also meets great musicians with whom he regularly plays such as Renaud Capuçon, Florent Pujuila, Manuel Vioque-Judde, Lilian Meurin, the Elmire Quartet, Camille Berthollet, Krzysztof Chorzelski from Belcea Quartet or Mariella Haubs. He has worked with composers such as Eric Tanguy, Philippe Hersant and Michel Petrossian.
With Lilian Meurin, one of the most talented euphoniumists of his generation, he recorded a CD "Poèmes" released with the Indésens label.
He has been invited at various programs on France-Musique as a soloist or as a member of the Metral Trio with his brother and Laure Hélène Michel : « Classic Club » and « Génération Jeunes Interprètes ».
He is a laureate of several competitions : Steinway & Sons, Madeleine de Valmalète, FLAME, Jeunes Solistes. He won 1st Prize and the audience Prizeat the 6th Teresa Llacuna Piano Competition as well as a special Liszt award at the Claude Kahn competition.
in 2017 the Metral Trio were awarded 1st Prize at the Joseph Haydn competition in Vienna (plus two special prizes for best interpretation of a Haydn Trio and the audience prize). Following this success, they are invited to perform at the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna as well asthe London Royal Albert Hall.
Festivals where Victor has been invited include « Musée en Musique » in Grenoble, « Pablo Casals » in Prades, « Bel-Air » in Chambéry with Renaud Capuçon, « La Ballue » in French Britany with soloists from Opéra de Paris, Fénétrange, « Jeunes Talents » in Paris, « Concerts dePoche » and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth in Belgium. In Paris he performed at Musée d’Orsay and Philharmonie. He has also been invited at La Roque d’Anthéron Festival and «Folles Journées » in Nantes. He has played in Florence, Vilnius, in Morocco and in Germany.
Together with the Trio, he has recorded both Trios by Mendelssohn in 2018 for the Aparté label.