OLIVIER GARDON was ten years old when he first performed with an orchestra at the Opéra de Nice playing Bach’s piano concerto in D minor. Three years previously, the young prodigy had come to the attention of the Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus, who had strongly encouraged him to pursue a career in music. He was trained by Mme Audibert-Lambert, a student of Alfred Cortot, and went on to study at the Conservatoire de Nice and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris with Pierre Sacan, a student of Yves Nat. After being awarded first prize for piano by a unanimous jury and winning first prize for chamber music in Jean Hubeau’s class, he perfected his skills under the guidance of Jean Fassina, Géza Anda, Lili Kraus, and György Sebök. Throughout his career, OLIVIER GARDON has garnered numerous awards in prestigious international competitions, including the Marguerite Long competition (1973), the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1975), the Viotti International Music Competition, the Monza International Piano Competition, the Senigallia Competition and the Casella Piano Competition in Naples. Since then, his career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him to all the greatest musical venues of the world. OLIVIER GARDON teaches piano at the Hochschule Hannover, at the Schola Cantorum of Paris and he was the Artistic Director of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice.
Hochschule Hannover, Germany