Jacques Rouvier, Univ.Prof.

University Professor in Piano

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Pianist Jacques Rouvier was born on 18 January 1947 in Marseilles. He comes from a musical family and began his musical training at the age of four.

When he was fourteen he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Marseille with the highest marks and first prize in the piano section and then went on to continue his piano studies at the
Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSM). His teachers included Aline van Barentzen, Jean Hubeau, Jean Fassina, Vlado Perlemuter and Pierre Sancan. Jacques Rouvier also received important insights for his musical development from various eminent personalities such as Gyorgy Sebok, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jose Iturbi and others. He won prizes in major international competitions such as second prize at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (no first prize was awarded), first prize at the Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli and the special prize of the Fondation de la Vocation.  Jacques Rouvier was also a finalist in the ARD Competition in Munich (in the section chamber music) and in 1970 he founded a trio, together with Jean Jacques Kantorow (violin) and Philippe Müller (cello) and he was also the winner of the Third Grand Prix of the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.

Jacques Rouvier’s complete recordings of Maurice Ravel’s works and the recording of all Claude Debussy’s piano works as well as the sonatas for piano and violin by Ravel and Debussy (recorded with Jean Jacques Kantorow) were awarded the Grand Prix du Disque.

Jacques Rouvier has performed as a soloist and teacher at festivals in the following locations:
Kuhmo, Prades, Aix-en-Provence, Courchevel, Nice, St. Jean de Luz, Orford, Hamamatsu, Oberlin, Tokyo, Vancouver, the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid, La Roque d‘Anthéron.

He began his teaching activity at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris in 1977. He was given a titular professorship in 1982. He also taught at the CNR Marseilles and from 2006 was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin.  

Besides his activity as a teacher and jury member at major international competitions such as the  Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Marguerite Long in Paris,  the Leeds Piano Competition, Igancy Jan Paderewsky Competition, Rubinstein Competition, Chopin Competition Warsaw, Santander, Dublin, Geneva, Montreal, Hamamatsu, Sendai, etc., Jacques Rouvier regularly gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Asia.  

Among his most eminent graduates are Arcadi Volodos, Hélène Grimaud, David Fray, David Kadouch, Philippe Giusiano (second prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw), Frank Braley (first prize at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and professor at the CNSMDP), Yukio Yokoyama (third prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Claire-Marie Le Guay (third prize at the ARD Competition in Munich), Mami Hagiwara (first prize in the piano competition in Geneva).

Jacques Rouvier is professor of piano at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.