Project Award
Project Award
Master-classes: The piano music of Chopin

Profoundly shaping Jean-Marc Luisada's musical talents were two teachers: Marcel Ciampi and Denyse Riviere, with whom he studied first in Paris, then at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He then enrolled at the Paris National Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Dominique Merlet and chamber music with Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux. Winning first prize in both disciplines, he began postgraduate work in 1978, while studying regularly with Nikita Magaloff, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Milosz Magin, who would remain his teachers after the completion of his degree.

In 1983, Mr. Luisada gave a prize-winning performance at the Dino Ciani competition at La Scala in Milan. In 1985 he was a prize winner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His success in Warsaw opened the door to an international career. Concerts across the globe ensued. Invited to tour Japan after the competition, he now returns on an annual basis to a faithful public.

In conjunction with the rise of his touring career, Jean-Marc Luisada recorded first with Harmonic Records and then with the Deutsche Grammophon label, for whom he realized numerous recordings - some of the most noteworthy are the Chopin Waltzes and Mazurkas, the Granados Goyescas, and the Grieg and Schumann concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Jean-Marc Luisada signed an exclusive contract with RCA Red Seal/BMG in 1998 (now BMG-Sony). His releases on the label feature the music of Bizet and Fauré (for which he received the Disc of the Year award), Chopin, Dvorak, Schumann, Mozart, Haydn… Last Spring, he recorded works by Liszt, Scriabin and Chopin, and these records were extremely well received by the press.

Mr. Luisada has a great love of the cinema (he has a personal collection of over 8,000 films) and one of his favorite projects was a recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Poulenc's "Histoire de Babar" with French actress Jeanne Moreau. He has since gone on to pursue other projects combining the two arts, such as "Feu Sacré - George Sand and Chopin," a concert-monologue with renowned actress Macha Méril. He has also worked with actors Clément Sibony, Nicolas Vaude, Marie-Christine Barrault, and Bruno Putzulu.

Jean-Marc Luisada has performed under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Adam Fischer, Theodor Guschlbauer, Eliahu Inbal, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Yehudi Menuhin, Michel Plasson, Cord Garben, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Yutaka Sado, Stansislaw Skorwacewski and Michael Tilson Thomas with the LSO, NHK, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St. Petersburg Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse… He is also a devoted chamber musician and performs with the Fine Arts, Sine Nomine, Kocian, and Talich quartets, as well as with Paul Meyer, Patrick Gallois, Gary Hoffman, Yuzuko Horigome, Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight, Laurent Korcia, Raphaël Oleg and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt.

Jean-Marc Luisada is currently on the faculty of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.


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