At the age of 20, Mathieu Papadiamandis won the prestigious Ferrucio Busoni prize at the International Competition in Bolzano, the Unisa-Transnet Competition in Pretoria, and 1st prize with a unanimous vote by the jury at the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona. He has since been hailed as one of the most profound artists of his generation.
An inspired virtuoso in the Lisztian tradition, a tradition passed on to him by Gÿorgy Sebök, Mathieu Papadiamandis was chosen in 2011 by the Chopin Festival to interpret the Liszt Sonata in b-minor on the occasion of Liszt's 200th birthday. EMI Classics chose his recordings to be part of the commemorative box-set of 10 CDs in the Liszt Piano Collection, next to recordings by Gÿorgy Cziffra, Aldo Ciccolini, Dezsö Ránki, among others. Jean-Marc Luisada has also called on him to play Liszt and Ravel for "Everyone to the stage for Japan" at the Salle Gaveau.
With Greek origins on his father's side and Russo-Polish on his mother's, Mathieu Papadiamandis followed the full curriculum of the Paris Conservatory, with classes in harmony, counterpoint, and other disciplines. He obtained his diploma (1er Prix) in piano performance in Ventsislav Yankoff's studio and in chamber music in that of Roland Pidoux, and obtained an artist's diploma under Yevgeni Malinin, who was previously Heinrich Neuhaus' assistant at the Moscow Conservatory. He then studied for several years in London with a renowned student of Arthur Schnabel, Maria Curcio, who passed on his teaching to a number of world-class pianists, among them Martha Argerich, Leon Fleisher, and Radu Lupu. Papdiamandis' repertoire thus tends toward Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.
Mathieu Papadiamandis has played in many of Europe's greatest concert halls: Wigmore Hall (London), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Gasteig KonzertSaal (Munich), Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), among others. His debut in Asia was hailed by the critics during the Yokohama International Piano Concert in Japan and in China at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has been invited to numerous festivals, both in France and abroad (Piano aux Jacobins, Chorégies d'Orange, Strasbourg, Berlioz, Auvers-sur-Oise, Piano en Valois, Flâneries de Reims, Spoleto...), and he has played with renowned orchestras in France, Russia, Spain, Italy, South Africa, and participated in a number of programs on the television channels France 2 (Vivement Dimanche, Musique au cœur), France 3 (Musicales), and LCI, among others. His concerts have been rebroadcast live on France-Musique, Radio Classique, and France 3.
Mathieu Papadiamandis often performs with his wife, the violinist Marie Scheuble, with whom he recorded Robert Schumann's a-minor Sonata and Cesar Franck's Sonata. His first album of works by Liszt on the EMI Classics label was hailed by critics in France and abroad: Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and many more.