A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. — Fanfare

Jean-Pierre Armengaud

For several decades Jean-Pierre Armengaud has pursued a particularly rich international career as a pianist and concert-performer, notable for the extent of his repertoire (from Bach to Boulez), by the number of countries to which he has been invited (more than 40) and the importance of his recordings which include five highly acclaimed editions of the complete works of French and Russian composers.

A pupil of Yves Nat and Jacques Février, and of the Russian Stanislav Neuhaus, Armengaud is today acknowledged as one of the great interpreters of French music from Rameau to Henri Dutilleux whose Préludes he has first performed in a number of countries. He has recorded the complete piano music of Satie for Mandala- Harmonia Mundi and some previously unavailable works for the Warner Classics set (awarded a Choc Classica in 2016), of Claude Debussy (as well as three CDs in the centenary complete works Debussy box, awarded a Choc Classica in 2018), of Albert Roussel, of Edison Denisov, the chamber music of Francis Poulenc and some 15 albums (including six for Naxos and Grand Piano) of Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Ravel, L. Aubert, Poulenc, Milhaud, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Stockhausen, Boulez and others.

As both a musicologist and a writer, Jean-Pierre Armengaud has been responsible for music on Radio France and is a distinguished scholar and teacher in universities and in masterclasses at major Conservatoires. His biography of Erik Satie, published by Fayard, was awarded the Prix des Muses, 2009, and he is author and editor of a book of essays, Claude Debussy : La trace et l’écart (published in 2018).