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Jean-Marc Luisada

Jean-Marc Luisada a poet. He does not look like anyone and that's why we love him. He plays sitting on a chair and not on a piano stool, his curly hair in battle, without bothering with a tuxedo. He dances at the same time as he plays, his hands when they are not running on the keyboard seem like birds around him. He is elsewhere, carried away by a world he makes us see with incredible sounds, rhythms that are just him, phrasings that tell stories. He is a poet and Chopin, of course, is his favorite adventure playground. But Schumann, but Granados, but Poulenc, but Beethoven, but Mozart, but Bach, all owe him something. This something he gives them by reinventing them with that smile that makes his face look like a star. The sky lands on his fingers and makes us take off with him. He has grace.

       Alain Duault 

Jean Marc Luisada studied piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London and then at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris where he won in 1977 the first Piano Prize in the class of Dominique Merlet and in 1978 the 1st Prize of chamber music in the class of Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux.

He is the winner of the Dino Ciani Competition (1983) and the famous Warsaw Chopin Competition (1985).

He has received the advice of great masters such as Denyse Riviere, Marcel Ciampi, Paul Badura-Skoda, Milosz Magin, Vlado Permumer ...

Jean-Marc Luisada has been leading an extraordinary concert career for over thirty years. He plays in prestigious venues such as the Champs Elysees Theater in Paris, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Satory Hall in Tokyo ..., as well as in renowned festivals such as the Roque d'Anthéron, Festival de Besançon and Montpellier, Chopin Festival Nohant, but also in Europe and the United States. He also participates in numerous tours in Japan, Europe, Canada.

In chamber music, he surrounds himself with Garry Hoffmann, Pierre Amoyal, Philippe Bernold, Yuzugo Horigome, Patrick Messina, Talich Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet ...
Parallel to this concert activity, Jean-Marc Luisada teaches at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris.


He recorded several records at Deutsche Grammophon and at Sony (RCA), especially the Valses and Mazurkas, as well as Chopin's concerto in E minor, in its original version with the Talich Quartet and the bassist Benjamin Berlioz; The Goyescas of Enrique Granados ... But also The History of Babar of Francis Poulenc with Jeanne Moreau and Sacred Fire with Macha Méril.
His last album released at Sony in the fall of 2018 is devoted to Robert Schumann and includes the Davidsbundlertanze and the Humoresque. This record received rave reviews and a shock from Classica magazine.

He is considered one of the most great interpreters of the music of Frédéric Chopin in the world.

Alejandro Amenabar did not make a mistake choosing his Chopin performance for the soundtrack of his film "The Others" with Nicole Kidman.

Jean-Marc Luisada is an officer of Arts and Letters.