Jean-Efflam Bavouzet


“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)

"Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has proved himself one of today’s leading Haydn interpreters" - GRAMOPHONE

Award-winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet enjoys a prolific recording and international concert career. In summer 2015 he returned to the BBC Proms performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicholas Collon.

European highlights in 2015/16 include debuts with Opernhaus Zürich under Gianandrea Noseda, Svenska Kammaorkestern under Jérémie Rhorer, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Gothenburg Symphony where he will perform both of Ravel’s piano concertos in one programme under the baton of François-Xavier Roth – he will collaborate with Roth again with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in November. Later in the season he will return to Orchestre National de Belgique with Ion Marin as well as Manchester Camerata, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

In North America, Bavouzet returned to the Aspen Festival in summer 2015 and will this season return to The Cleveland Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, San Francisco Symphony (under Tortelier) and Seattle Symphony Orchestra (with Morlot). Last season, he toured to venues such as Carnegie Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Further afield, he was Artist-in-Residence with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and worked with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide symphony orchestras and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Bavouzet records exclusively for Chandos and his disc featuring the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos with BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda won the Concerto category of the 2014 Gramophone Awards. Other recordings include Haydn’s Piano Concertos with Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy, Bartok’s Piano Concerto’s with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda and Stravinsky’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Yan-Pascal Tortelier. Bavouzet’s recordings have garnered two other Gramophone Awards, two BBC Music Magazine Awards, a Diapason d’Or and Choc de l’année. Ongoing recording projects include Beethoven and Haydn Piano Sonata cycles.

In recital, Bavouzet regularly performs at venues such as The Louvre in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall and has recently collaborated with composer Jörg Widmann in a chamber music project at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In addition to his return to London’s International Piano Series this season, he also gives recitals in Santa Barbara, Denver and Calgary as well as Singapore.

Bavouzet has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Maurice Ohana and Bruno Mantovani and is also a champion of lesser-known French music, notably that of Gabriel Pierné and Albéric Magnard. He regularly collaborates with the Palazzetto Bru Zane and is Artistic Director of the International Lofoten Piano Festival.