Bruno Rigutto (c) Joël Saget

Bruno Rigutto


Bruno Rigutto studied piano at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Lucette Descaves, chamber music with Jean Hubeau, composition and conducting.

After graduating from the Conservatory, he is laureate of the competitions Marguerite Long and Tchaikovski, in Paris and Moscow, headed by Emil Gillels. At seventeen, he met Samson François which he will be for ten years the only disciple.

Bruno Rigutto quickly began his international career, invited by the greatest conductors : Carlo Maria Giulini, George Priest, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Bernstein, Zdenek Macal, Serge Baudo, Kurt Masur, Marc Soustrot, Antonello Allemandi, Laurent Petitgirard, etc.

Bruno Rigutto dedicated great part of his work to chamber music, through which he draws the substance needed for his research. His partners were Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arto Noras, Yo Yo Ma, Barbara Hendricks, Michel Portal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Brigitte Engerer, Laurent Korcia, Pierre Amoyal, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Knyazev, Augustin Dumay, Quartets Debussy, Modigliani, etc.

His discography is important. He recorded forty discs for Decca, EMI, Forlane, Denon, Lyrinx, Kings Records, and got several Grand Prix du Disque and Victory music. The year 2014 saw the release of a box set most of his Decca recordings, from Haydn to Prokofiev.

Conductor and composer, he created original soundtracks for several film and theater, particularly staged by Bernard Murat.

He was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2007.

Teaching takes an important role in his life: He taught for over twenty years at the Conservatoire National de Paris, where he succeeded Maestro Aldo Ciccolini.

He helped train many young soloists who now lead an international career: Kotaro Fukuma, Romain Descharmes, Guillaume Coppola, Etsuko Hirose, Lise de la Salle, Claire- Marie Le Guay, Romain Hervé, Francois Dumont, Hélène Tysman...

In addition to national summer academies (Nice International Academy, Musicalp in Tignes, etc.), he is regularly invited to lead master classes in Europe, China, Korea and Japan (Toho Gakuen College, Nagoya, Geddai university etc.).

He now teaches at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot, and also gives master class at the Paris Schola Cantorum.