Bruno Rigutto

French pianist, composer and orchestra conductor (Charenton, 1945 - )

Born of an Italian father and of a French mother, Bruno Rigutto found a way to combine the demands of an international career with the qualities of a reputed teacher.

Bruno Rigutto studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the classes of Lucette Descaves for the piano, and of Jean Hubeau  in chamber music where he won his First Prizes. He also worked with Marguerite Long and Samson François. In 1965, he was the laureate of the Marguerite-Long International Competition and the following year, of the Tchaikovsky Competition. Afterwards, he started his soloist career. At firs,t he was invited by the orchestres of Radio France, of the Concerts Lamoureux, Pasdeloup and Colonnes and great French local formation. And then his career became international. He added up the tours in Europe, in the USA, in Japan and performed with the greatest conductors: Carlo-Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Georges Prêtre, Kurt Masur. In chamber music, he worked alongside Jean-Pierre Wallez, Isaac Stern, Pierre Amoyal, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yo Yo Ma, Barbara Hendricks. He made his conducting debut in 1984.

In the educational field, Bruno Rigutto taught at the Conservatoires of Maisons-Alfort and of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. He is regularly invited to give master classes at the Académie d’Eté du Festival de Musique in Albi or at the Académie Internationale of Nice. From 1981, he replaced Aldo Ciccolini and was appointed piano teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. He helped with the blossom of talents, like Lise de la Salle or Claire-Marie Le Guay. Today, he teaches at the École Normale Alfred Cortot. 

His discography counts about forty recordings. In 1980, he produced with his peers Jean-Philippe Collard, Gabriel Tachhino and Michel Béroff a recording of the Concertos for 3 & 4 pianos of Johann Sebastian Bach, under the conducting of Jean-Pierre Wallez for the label EMI. Bruno Rigutto is also a composer and, as a example, he wrote the soundtrack for Nina Companeez's movie: Faustine et le bel été.

Six landmark dates in the life of Bruno Rigutto

1962: first prize in piano at the Paris Conservatoire

1965: laureate of the Marguerite Long competition

1972: composed the soundtrack for the movie Faustine et le bel été

1980: recorded the Concertos for 3 & 4 pianos of Bach

1981: became a piano teacher at the Paris Conservatoire

1984: made his debut as a conductor

Radio France documentation biography