Jean Dubé, born in December 1981, internationally recognized as one of the most important young pianists of our time and is appreciated for his musicality and power.
“He can play everything with absolute understanding, not to mention his phenomenal piano technique” – (Normunds Šnē, conductor director of the Riga National Orchestra, Latvia, 2003).
A child prodigy, he has been performing since the age of 4 and won a Steinway piano at the age of 9 during the national competition “Jeunes Prodiges Mozart à Paris”.
The same year, he played as a soloist at the Maison de la Radio with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, live on France Musique. His discography already includes thirty recordings including twenty CDs, especially with Syrius, BNL, and Naxos labels in addition to several DVDs of concertos for French television and other foreign radio and television networks. Very comfortable in all repertoires, including those for the left hand alone, he is one of the few pianists in the world able to play Ligeti’s piano concerto and to give in a single recital the “Vingts Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus” of Messiaen. He likes to associate other arts with music (painting, sculpture, cinema, literature) and give themed recitals (bells, birds, love, dance, water, and gardens …).
His interpretation of the Turangalîlâ was the best show of the year in 2000 in Riga and that of Liszt’s 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody won in 2002 the fastest replay in the history of Radio Chicago (WFMT station). Unanimous First Prize of the National Conservatory of Paris (Perfectionnement) at the age of 14 under Jacques Rouvier, he studied with Jacqueline Robin, Catherine Collard, Vladimir Krainev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Murray Perahia, and John O’Connor in Dublin, thanks to a full year Yvonne Lefébure scholarship. Winner of the European Piano Competition Ouistreham Riva 2009, which also awarded him the Chopin Association Prize in Nohant, he also won the First Grand Prix unanimously and the Public Prize at the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht 2002 as well as other international competitions (Francis Poulenc, Bucharest, Messiaen, Bourse Yvonne Lefébure Orléans XXth Century).
Invited as a member of the jury of international competitions (Pinerolo 2004, Poulenc 2008, Chang Chun 2009, Franz Liszt Utrecht 2019), he also gives master classes (Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Ecuador, Ethiopia, South Africa, China, Malta …).
He plays on all continents as a soloist, in chamber music groups, and with many large orchestras. His latest releases ( Syrius label) include a CD dedicated to jazz ( Jazzy keyboard). He collaborates on a regular basis with Julia Le Brun, (a lecturer and opera specialist,) and is one of the Concertino artistic directors.