Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

International Chair in Piano

Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career and regularly works with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, 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, Charles Dutoit, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others.

 Recent highlights include returns to San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, NHK Symphony and BBC Symphony orchestras, alongside appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and with the Detroit and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Royal Scottish National and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.  

Jean-Efflam records exclusively for Chandos and his numerous recordings have won a number of Gramophone Awards and BBC Music Magazine Awards as well as a Diapason d’Or and Choc de l’année. Together with Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy, Jean-Efflam has recorded several of Haydn’s Piano Concertos and embarked on a series of Mozart concertos, which have been critically acclaimed. Other recent recordings include the complete Beethoven Sonatas and an ongoing project to record the Haydn Piano Sonatas.

In recital, Jean-Efflam regularly performs at venues such as The Louvre in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall and has collaborated with composer Jörg Widmann in a chamber music project at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. To mark the anniversary of Debussy’s death, Bavouzet will perform an extended recital programme of all Debussy’s works which will be presented by the Barbican Centre at Milton Court and at the 2018 Perth International Arts Festival. He will give numerous recitals throughout Europe, UK and in North America.

Jean-Efflam has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág, Maurice Ohana and Bruno Mantovani and is also a champion of lesser-known French music, notably that of Gabriel Pierné and Albéric Magnard. He joined the RNCM as one of its International Chairs in Piano in September 2017 and was awarded Fellowship of the College in November of the same year.

Jean-Efflam is Artistic Director of the Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway. He joined the RNCM as one of its International Chairs in Piano in September 2017 and was awarded Fellowship of the College in November of the same year.