Marie-Josèphe Jude's talent burgeoned very early on and she had the opportunity to meet some of the world’s greatest pianists. In addition to her double career as a soloist and chamber musician, she decided to partly engage in a teaching career, eager to share her knowledge and experience.
Marie-Josèphe Jude started studying piano at the Conservatory of Nice under Anne Queffélec, while receiving advice from Gyorgy Cziffra. In 1981, encouraged by Cziffra, she furthered her training at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 13, studying piano with Aldo Ciccolini and chamber music with Jean Hubeau. In 1984, at only age 16, she graduated with First Prize in piano performance and chamber music, as well as earning her B.Mus. in harp performance from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She moved to London to study with Maria Curcio, a student of Artur Schnabel. In 1986, she met composer Maurice Ohana, becoming his favourite pianist. She also studied under György Sebők, Maria João Pires and Leon Fleisher.
She was a finalist in the highly prestigious Clara Haskil competition in 1989, marking the beginning of her career as a soloist. Parallel to that, she collaborated with artists such as Laurent Korcia, Laurent Cabasso, Henri Demarquette and Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She has performed along the most prominant French and European orchestras and has been regularly invited to participate in many festivals, such as "la Folle Journée" in Nantes, the festivals of Montpellier, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Sceaux. France 3 and France Musique have often invited her to participate in their programmes.
In 1993, she started recording the complete Brahms solo piano works (on the Lyrinx label). Subsequently, and without neglecting her concerts, she decided to start teaching. In 1997, she became Jean-François Heisser’s assistant at the Paris Conservatory and, in 2012, she started working at the Lyon Conservatory as a piano teacher.
6 key dates in the life of Marie-Josèphe Jude
• 1984: Graduated from the Paris Conservatory
• 1986: Met Maurice Ohana
• 1989: Finalist in the Clara Haskil competition
• 1995: Awarded at the Victoire de la Musique Classique (new talents)
• 2009: Performed Philippe Fénelon’s Concerto No. 2
• 2012: Started teaching at the Lyon Conservatory
Biography by Radio France’s document database