Jean-Marc Luisada

French Pianist (b. 1958, Tunisia)

Jean-Marc Luisada is a renowned soloist and heir to the French Romantic tradition. He has also made use of his talent as a chamber musician and teacher.

Jean-Marc Luisada began learning the piano at the age of 6, when he and his family arrived in Alès, from Tunisia. He then studied with Marcel Ciampi and Denyse Rivière, both teachers at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He consequently attended the school, where he rubbed shoulders with not only Yehudi Menuhin, but also Nadia Boulanger, Benjamin Britten and Vlado Perlemuter.
At 16 he was accepted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied piano with Dominique Merlet and chamber music with Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux. He was awarded the Premier Prix in both 1977 and 1978. During this time he was also mentored by Nikita Magaloff and Paul Badura-Skoda. At the end of his third year of study, in 1981, he left the Conservatoire to pursue a solo career making his first appearance at Salle Pleyel in Gaveau. In 1980 he was runner up in the Dino Ciani Competition at La Scala, Milan and gave concerts throughout Italy. In 1985 he won the prestigious Warsaw Chopin Competition and met Vladimir Horowitz. 

On launching his career, Jean-Marc Luisada gave concerts at some of the most famous French concert halls – Pleyel, Gaveau and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. He has toured across Europe and been invited to music festivals in locations such as la Roque d’Antheron, Besançon, Strasbourg, la Grange de Meslay and Bergen, Norway. He has also performed at the Chopin Festival in Valdemossa, Majorca and the Radio France Festival in Montpellier. A passionate chamber musician, Luisada plays with the Talich Quartet and the Fine Arts Quartet, and has accompanied Augustin Dumay, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Michel Dalberto, Françoise Pollet and Laurent Korcia

In 1991, Jean-Marc Luisada made his first recording with Deutsche Grammophon, a performance of Chopin’s Waltzes. Three years later he recorded  l’Histoire de Babar, le petit elephant (The Story of Babar, the little elephant) by Francis Poulenc with Jeanne Moreau. In 1998 he recorded a premiere of a chamber version of Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto, arranged by Chopin himself, this time for RCA. In 2014 he appeared with the Modigliani Quartet for a performance of the Schubert Trout Quintet. Jean-Marc Luisada has taught at the Accademia Internazionale di Musica di Cagliari. In 2006 he took up a Professorship at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. 

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Jean-Marc Luisada 

1977 – Awarded the Premier Prix in Piano and Chamber Music at the Paris Conservatoire

1985 – Laureate of the Chopin Competition, Warsaw

1991 – First Recording, Chopin’s Waltzes 

1994 – Recorded L’Histoire de Babar by Poulenc, with Jeanne Moreau 

2006 – Took up a teaching role at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris 

2014 – Recorded the Trout Quintet by Schubert with the Modigliani Quartet