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“…he makes you listen to music as if you are discovering it Eureka!-style: yes, that’s what the composer must have meant.” –Financial Times
Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career. He regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and NHK Symphony Orchestras, and collaborates with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, Nicholas Collon, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Edward Gardner, and Sir Andrew Davis, among others.
Highlights of his 2019–2020 season include the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Festival Orchestra, a tour of the United Kingdom with the Iceland Symphony under Yan Pascal Tortelier, and performances of all of the Beethoven piano concertos with the Orchestre National de Lyon. He will also return to the Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and embarks on a tour of Australia to include the Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Bavouzet will play/direct two Beethoven programs with both the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. As part of the Post Classical Ensemble’s Haydn Festival in Washington, D.C., he will be presented in recital and concerto, and will also give recitals at the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica and Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Recent performances include New York’s Lincoln Center with the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, and Les Siécles and François-Xavier Roth. In summer 2019, he appeared at the Verbier Festival, collaborating with artists such as Daniel Hope and Thomas Hampson, and the Ravello Festival where he play/directed the Cherubini Orchestra.
Mr. Bavouzet records exclusively for Chandos, and his recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic under Edward Gardner was nominated for a Gramophone Award. Ongoing cycles include a five-year project to perform and record the complete Mozart Piano Concertos with the Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy as well as the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas. His complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos with BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda won the Concerto category of the 2014 Gramophone Awards.
Other recordings include Bartók’s Piano Concertos with the BBC Philharmonic and Mr. Noseda, and Stravinsky’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Yan Pascal Tortelier. His recordings have garnered other Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Awards, a Diapason d’Or, and Choc de l’année.
He is the international chair in piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2012, he was International Classical Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, and in 2008, he was awarded Beijing’s first ever Elite Prize for his Beethoven complete sonata series.