ALAIN JACQUON performs internationally as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician and orchestral guest artist. He has played in some of the world’s leading festivals and music series, and has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the Johannesburg Symphony, the Pretoria Symphony, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Brittany Orchestra, the Kiev Radio-TV Orchestra, and the Pasdeloup Orchestra. Born in Lyons, France, he began studying piano at the age of four, was accepted at the Paris Conservatoire at age thirteen and was awarded the unanimous First Prize in Piano when he was sixteen, in addition to first prizes in seven other disciplines, a record that still stands. Mr. Jacquon was a finalist in the Busoni Competition in 1980 and was distinguished as Prize Winner at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1981. He also won the Second Prize in the Pretoria International Competition and was awarded in the Viotti and the Pozzoli in Italy.
He was invited to be a member of the jury for the 2001 Marguerite Long- Jacques Thibaud International Piano competition in Paris. Mr. Jacquon has recorded fifteen CDs, and was awarded the Grand Prix of the Academie du disque Charles Cros in 1997, a Diapason d’Or in 1998, as well as several other distinctions. As a conductor, he is regularly invited for concerts and lyric productions. He also composes music for the stage and is a member of SACD, French Society of Artists and Composers. He currently serves as Headmaster of the Lyon Conservatory and is also the director of the Academie de Fourviere in Lyon, an international Summer Academy of Music held in Lyon. He made his American Debut in 1994 at the Newport Music Festival, and in 2002 he performed the world premiere of Chopin’s newly rediscovered Prelude.