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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

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Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet works regularly with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Urbański, Daniele Gatti and Iván Fischer.


Named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2012 International Classical Music Awards, his recent highlights have included an appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with Louis Langrée, a BBC Prom with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as performances with the Orchestra National de Lyon and the NHK and Kyoto symphony orchestras of Japan.


An equally active recitalist, Bavouzet regularly performs at London’s Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, the Cheltenham Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Cité de la Musique and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, where he recently received the annual Classical Elites Beijing Instrumental Recital of the Year award for his complete Beethoven sonatas cycle.


Renowned for his work on disc, Bavouzet has won Gramophone awards for his recording of concert works by Debussy and Ravel (BBC Symphony Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier), and for his fourth volume of Debussy’s Complete Works for Piano. His interpretations of Debussy and Ravel have also earned him two BBC Music Magazine awards and a Diapason d’Or, whilst his first volume of Haydn’s Piano Sonatas received a Choc de l’année and his Bartók Piano Concertos disc (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda) was shortlisted for multiple international awards. In 2012, Gramophone nominated Bavouzet as one of their Artists of the Year.

A former student of Pierre Sancan at the Paris Conservatoire, Bavouzet was invited by Sir George Solti to give his debut with the Orchestre de Paris in 1995 and is widely considered to be the maestro’s last discovery. As well as his performing activities, Bavouzet has also made a transcription for two pianos of Debussy’s Jeux, published by Durand with a foreword by Pierre Boulez. He won first prize in the International Beethoven Competition in Cologne as well as the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 1986.


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