Bruno Rigutto, president of the jury

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Bruno Rigutto studied at the CNSM in Paris in the classes of Lucette Descaves in piano, and Jean Hubeau in chamber music and won his First Prizes. He also works with Marguerite Long and Samson François. In 1965, he won the Marguerite-Long International Competition and the following year the Tchaikovsky Competition. He then began a career as a soloist. He was first invited by the orchestras of Radio France, the Concerts Lamoureux, Pasdeloup and Colonne and the major French regional ensembles. Then his career became international. He toured extensively in Europe, the United States and Japan. He has performed with the greatest conductors: Carlo-Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Georges Priêtre, Kurt Masur. In chamber music, he is associated with Jean-Pierre Wallez, Isaac Stern, Pierre Amoyal, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yo Yo Ma, Barbara Hendricks. He made his debut as a conductor in 1984.

In the educational field, Bruno Rigutto has taught at the conservatories of Maisons-Alfort and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Summer Academy of the Albi Music Festival or the International Academy of Nice. From 1981, succeeding Aldo Ciccolini, he was appointed piano teacher at the CNSM in Paris. It thus allows the emergence of talents such as Lise de la Salle or Claire-Marie Le Guay. He currently teaches at the Alfred Cortot Teacher Training College. His discography includes about forty recordings. In 1980, with his colleagues Jean-Philippe Collard, Gabriel Tachhino and Michel Béroff, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Wallez, he recorded Jean-Sébastien Bach's Concertos for 3 and 4 pianos for the EMI label. Finally, Bruno Rigutto is also a composer. In 1972, he wrote the music for Nina Companeez's film Faustine et le bel été.