“She plays uninfluenced and without theatrics; her unique aim being the sincerity which is one of the essential obligations of the artist. France can be proud of this great pianist.”

Jean-Bernard Pommier

In the years since she was a student of Louis Hiltbrand (a close friend and heir of Dinu Lipatti at the Geneva Conservatory), Jacqueline Bourgès-Maunoury has pursued her art via a technique and musical/tonal research that is quite different from other pianists of her generation. After a remarkable debut playing a Mozart concerto at the age of thirteen at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, she received her degree in 1974 from the École Normale de Musique. She entered the Geneva Conservatory, where she discovered an approach to music that corresponded to her demands on both a human and musical level. In 1976, the conservatory jury unanimously awarded her First Prize in Virtuosity with the highest distinctions. She went on to attend various master classes with Karl Engel and Leon Fleisher, before withdrawing from the stage to undertake a long period of study with Jean Fassina, based on the important Polish approach to the piano. She returned to giving public performances in 1983, winning unanimous critical praise playing two Bach piano concertos conducted by Claire Gibault. Since then, Jacqueline Bourgès-Maunoury has been invited to play at many festivals (Marais, Sceaux, Ravel en Aquitaine, Flaine, Périgord Noir…) and has given numerous recitals in the most prestigious concert halls in France and abroad. She was invited by György Cziffra to play before him at one of his recitals, and has also performed alongside other great musicians such as Jean-Pierre Wallez, Alain Marion, Guy Touvron, Sumi, Susan Graham and Félicity Lott. Her career has taken her to London, Berlin, Geneva, Brussels, Rome, Florence, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Palermo, Bucharest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Marrakech, Tahiti… She has appeared on television (TV5 Europe and France 3) and on numerous radio broadcasts (Radio Classique, France Musique, Radio Suisse Romande, and the RTBF). Her recordings of Mendelssohn and Schumann have been praised by the press. After the release of her most recent CD dedicated to Rachmaninov and Chopin, she was invited by Damien Hammouchi to appear on the television show “Culture 8” on the Direct 8 channel. Her last CD based on great variations has been edited by Gallo and received many elogious criticals as this of Pianist mgazine.