Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who makes his San Francisco Symphony debut this week, studied with Pierre Sancan at the Paris Conservatory, and was invited by Georg Solti to make his debut with the Orchestre de Paris in 1995. Named Artist of the Year at the 2012 International Classical Music Awards, his recent highlights include appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with Louis Langrée and at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra. This season, Mr. Bavouzet makes his debuts with the Montreal, Dallas, and New Jersey symphony orchestras; he will also work with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. An active recitalist, he regularly performs at the Southbank Centre and at Wigmore Hall in England, La Roque d’Anthéron and Cité de la Musique in France, BOZAR in Brussels, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, where he recently received the annual Classical Elites Beijing Instrumental Recital of the Year award for his performances of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle.
Mr. Bavouzet received Gramophone awards for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier) and for his fourth volume of Debussy’s complete works for piano. His interpretations of Debussy and Ravel have also earned him two BBC Music Magazine awards and a Diapason d’Or, his first volume of Haydn’s piano sonatas received a Choc de l’année, and his Bartók piano concertos disc (with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda) was shortlisted for multiple international awards. Mr. Bavouzet records exclusively for Chandos and current recording projects include a Beethoven piano sonatas cycle. Earlier this year, Gramophone nominated him as one of its Artists of the Year.
As well as his performing activities, Mr. Bavouzet has also made a transcription for two pianos of Debussy’s Jeux, published by Durand with a foreword by Pierre Boulez. Mr. Bavouzet won first prize in the International Beethoven Competition in Cologne as well as the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 1986. He is Artistic Director of the Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway.