“Luisada invests the music with a gorgeous melancholy that digs deeply into the listener’s bloodstream.” Don Satz, Music Web International
Profoundly shaping his musical talents were two teachers: Marcel Ciampi and Denyse Rivière, with whom he studied first in Paris, then at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He then began his studies at the Paris National Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Dominique Merlet and chamber music with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux. Winning first prize in both disciplines, he began postgraduate work in 1978, while working regularly with Nikita Magaloff, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Milosz Magin, who would remain his teachers after the completion of his degree.
In 1983, Mr Luisada gave a prize-winning performance at the Dino Ciani competition at La Scala in Milan. In 1985 he was a prize winner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
His success in Warsaw opened the door to an international career. Concerts across the globe ensued. Invited to tour Japan after the competition, he now returns on an annual basis to a faithful public.
In conjunction with the rise of his touring career, Jean-Marc Luisada recorded first with Harmonic Records and then with the Deutsche Grammophon label with whom he realised numerous recordings – some of the most noteworthy are the Chopin Waltzes and Mazurkas and the Grieg and Schumann concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Jean-Marc Luisada signed an exclusive contract with RCA Red Seal/BMG in 1998. His releases on the label feature the music of Bizet and Fauré (for which he received the Disc of the Year award), Dvorak, Schumann, Mozart, Haydn, Liszt, Scriabin, the Beethoven no. 4 piano concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and of course several recordings featuring the composer Chopin, including his latest Chopin releases in 2009 (nocturnes, etudes, polonaise), 2010 and 2011 (complete Mazurkas and Ballades) which received rave reviews, followed in 2014 by a new release of Chopin’s Waltzes on this label. In 2012 a CD featuring works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy entitled “Escale” received much critical acclaim, including the “Choc” rating from Classica Magazine and the “Maestro” label from the French review Pianiste. And most recently, a recording of Schubert’s celebrated Quintet ‘The Trout’ was released with members of the Modigliani Quartet and an interpretation of Schubert’s Sonata D.537 which has been acclaimed by the press as one of “sovereign elegance” (Télérama). His latest recording, the complete Chopin Waltzes, was released on the label Sony/BMG and was also extremely well-received by the critics. Jean-Marc had already recorded the Waltzes for the Deutsche Grammophon label twenty years ago and felt that his interpretation had changed. Both recordings have been hailed by the press!
Mr Luisada has a great love of the cinema (he has a personal collection of over 8,000 films !) and one of his favourite projects was a recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Poulenc’s “Histoire de Babar” with French actrice Jeanne Moreau. He has since gone on to pursue other projects combining the two arts, such as “Feu Sacré – George Sand and Chopin” a concert- monologue with renowned French actrice Macha Méril. He has also worked with actors Clément Sibony, Nicolas Vaude, Marie-Christine Barrault, and Bruno Putzulu.
Jean-Marc Luisada has performed under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Adam Fischer, Theodor Guschlbauer, Eliahu Inbal, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Marek Janowski, Mikko Franck, Emmanuel Krivine, Yehudi Menuhin, Michel Plasson, Cord Garben, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Yutaka Sado, Stanislaw Skorwacewski and Michael Tilson Thomas with the LSO, NHK, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St Petersburg Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse…. He is also a devoted chamber musician and performs with the Fine Arts, Sine Nomine, Kocian, Modigliani and Talich quartets, as well as with Paul Meyer, Patrick Gallois, Gary Hoffman, Yuzuko Horigome, Philip Dukes, Josephine Knight, Laurent Korcia, Raphaël Oleg and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt.
Jean-Marc Luisada is a frequent guest at the Besançon Festival, the Festival de la Roque d’Antheron, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Strasbourg Festival, Bergen in Norway and the Valdemosa Chopin Festival in Majorca. He plays throughout Europe and Japan, and has appeared at the most prestigious halls including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, London; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; New Bilbao Auditorium of Barcelona; Victoria Hall, Geneva; Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, New York; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Musikhalle of Hamburg; Herkulessaal, Munich; Teatro San Carlo, Napoli; Verdi Hall of the Conservatory of Milan; Dvorak and Smetana Halls, Prague; Symphony Hall of Osaka, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; Tonhalle, Zurich; and in Paris at the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet…
Highlights of the 2016/17 seasons include recitals and concerts as soloist in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Marocco, as well as several concerts in Asia with recitals in some of the most prestigious concert halls in China, Korea and Japan.