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Jean-Paul Sévilla


French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla gave his first recital at the age of nine, and at the age of fourteen entered the National Conservatory of Music of Paris.  Here he obtained his First Prize in piano, as well as a unanimous Prix d’honneur, which has not been awarded since. He also received the First Prize in chamber music.

In 1959 he captured, also unanimously, the First Prize at the Geneva International Competition. His numerous tours, as soloist and chamber musician, have taken him from Europe and Africa to both Americas and Asia.  Now a Canadian citizen as well, he was born in Algeria, of Spanish descent.

For more than twenty years Jean-Paul Sévilla has been living in Canada where he is now Professor Emeritus, after being full professor of piano, chamber music and piano literature at the University of Ottawa, while continuing his successful career as a concert pianist, lecturer and "clinician". He even taught a course in Opera!

He has produced many talented young artists, many of whom have won top awards at different international competitions.

His musical and intellectual culture has made him in high demand for courses, lectures and master classes alike.

As a writer, he has had many articles published in several musical journals in the United States. He is a noted expert on Fauré and Ravel, whose complete works he has often performed.

In 1986 he spent one year as guest professor at the Musashino University in Tokyo, and has since returned every year to Asia, adding Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong to his tours.

Jean-Paul Sévilla has directed summer courses in Europe (Aix en Provence, Perpignan, Toulon, Nice, Poitiers, Saint jean de Luz, Flaine, Courchevel) in Canada (Orford, Banff, Victoria) and in Korea.

From 1997 to 2001 Jean-Paul Sevilla has been teaching at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

From September to December 1999, he has been guest Professor at the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music.

He is regularly invited as a jury member at national and international competitions such as Munich, Lisbon, Porto, Cleveland, Marsala, Senigallia, Jaen, Orléans, Cagliari, Moscow, Leipzig as well as the Paris Conservatoire, The Pro Musicis Competition, Le Concours des Grands Amateurs, the Canada Art Council, the Canadian Music Competitions etc.

Jean-Paul Sévilla has released a C.D. featuring works of Vincent d'Indy and Albert Roussel and an album of two CDS "Homage to childhood" with works of Debussy, Prokovief, Ibert, Grovlez, and the world premiere of works by Pierné and Soulima Stravinsky. More recently, he has recorded works by Fauré in Japan and in France (Préludes op.103).

A recent CD of the world premiere of Gabriel Pierné's Variations in C minor has just been awarded a Diapason d'Or, the highest award given by the French music magazine Diapason". A new album including Fauré's complete Nocturnes has just been released and critically acclaimed.

Jean-Paul Sévilla is an Officer of the Order of Arts ans Letters (France).

Angela Hewitt OC Writes About Her Teacher Jean-Paul Sévilla

Jean-Paul Sevilla's Recital Programs:

After the official welcome by ANU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb, Jean-Paul Sevilla will give an opening recital in which he will play:

- MOZART Fantasy in C minor K. 475
- SCHUMANN : Novelette # 8
- MILHAUD : Corcovado and Gavea ( from Saudades do Brazil)
- RAVEL: Sonatine

At the National Gallery of Australia, at 8:15 on Wednesday 4 July, he will play:

Three Romantic Fantasies :
- MOZART C minor K. 475
- MENDELSSOHN op.28 in F# minor
- CHOPIN in F minor

As well as works by French composers:

- CHABRIER : Idylle and Scherzo-valse ( from Pièces pittoresques)
- FAURE : Nocturnes # 1 in E b minor and # 4 in E b major
- DEBUSSY : 4 Préludes from Book 2
- La puerta del vino
- General Lavine , eccentric
- La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
- Feux d'artifice.