Académie de Musique Riviera

Jacques Rouvier

“Father a horn player, mother a passionate singer, and brother a jazzman, my ears were opened very early on, though I did not realise it at the time, to that universe of sound that one day would be my own. It was an evening concert at the Opera of Marseille, the town of my birth, following the opening G Major chord of Beethoven's 4th Concerto; the pianist was Wilhelm Kempf. The year was 1954 and I was seven years old, already having been playing the piano for some years. It all started with that one magical chord: my studies at the conservatory of Marseille, then at the CNSM in Paris, with Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan for piano, Jean Hubeau for chamber music. And, among others, two figures who, as much on a human scale as an artistic one, bestowed so much on me before becoming wonderful friends: Jean Fassina, a great teacher trained at the Neuhaus school, and Pierre Barbizet, an immensely cultured pianist.

My studies included harmony classes as well as conducting courses at the CNSM and were honoured with the First Prize in piano and chamber music followed by international awards, the Viotti competition First Prize in Vercelli in 1967, First at the Maria Canals competition the same year, Third Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition. In 1970 the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller Trio was created and performed around the world for 35 years. My participation as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous festival and academies include Prades, Spoleto, Kuhmo, Aix-en-Provence, Holland Music Session, Mendelssohn  Leipzig, as well as international master classes. Member of the Jury in prestigious competitions: Tchaikowski, Leeds, Santander, Montreal, Marguerite Long, Hamamatsu, Dublin, Geneva (chairman), Seoul, Sendai, Chopin guest.

My recordings of the complete works of Ravel (Calliope) as well as the sonatas for violin and piano by Ravel and Debussy (Erato) have been awarded the “Grand Prix du Disque” and some thirty CDs make up a discography which includes many chamber music works as well as a complete Debussy work. More recently, Warner released a Schubert CD for four hands with David Fray, one of my magnificent young talents, followed by Bach Concerti for 2-3-4 keyboards with the same artist in the company of Emmanuel Christien and Audrey Vigoureux, both of whom also came out of my class. I also crossed paths with Arkadi Volodos, Helene Grimaud, and many others at the CNSM.

After 35 years of teaching at the Conservatory of Paris, 10 years at Kunste University in Berlin, I have been teaching at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2012 and at Musica Mundi in Waterloo since 2018.”  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jacques Rouvier