A graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Jean-Pierre ARMENGAUD studied with the famous French masters Marcel Jacquinot, Pierre Sancan and Jacques Février. He went on to receive guidance from Reine Gianoli and José Iturbi in Paris, Guido Agosti in Siena, before finishing his studies with Stanislas Neuhaus in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

He has since travelled to over forty countries including Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Belgium, Russia, Argentina,  Sweden, Poland, India, Taiwan, Japan and China… where he is welcomed as one of the foremost performers of the French repertoire – ERIC SATIE,  CLAUDE DEBUSSY, DARIUS MILHAUD, ALBERT ROUSSEL, FRANCIS POULENC and  MAURICE RAVEL as well as rare works by Gabriel Dupont, Abel Decaux, Jean Huret, Vincent d’Indy, Charles Koechlin…

He has been the guest of important symphonic orchestras such as the Radio France Orchestra,  the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra and the Moscow Radio Television Orchestra. He has performed in prestigious venues such as the THEATRE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES in Paris, the QUEEN ELISABETH HALL London, the KAPELLA and the HERMITAGE,  Saint-Petersburg, LA FENICE,  Venice, the GRAND HALL, TCHAIKOVSKY CONSERVATORY,  Moscow, the ORCHARD HALL, Tokyo, the MOZARTEUM, Salzburg, the SAN MARTIN THEATRE,  Buenos Aires…

Chamber music has always played an important part in his musical life. In Paris he gave the first performance of the Bela Bartok Quintet with the Parrenin Quartet,  recorded pieces for four hands with the pianists Jean-Claude Pennetier and Dominique Merlet, and recorded with the Russian cellist Alexander Rudin and cellist Dominique de Williencourt. He has given concerts with many artists including Pierre Amoyal, violin,  Gérard Caussé, viola, Luca Paccagnella, cello, Michel Portal, clarinet,  Pierre-Yves Artaud, flute  and with String Quartets  such  as the Bernède, the Via Nova, the Rosamunde, the Paul Klee Quartet…He has worked with singers including Anne-Sophie Schmidt, François Leroux and Sophie Fournier, actors such as Madeleine Robinson, Jean Negroni, Claude Pieplu, Michaël Lonsdale and  François Marthouret, choreographer Karin Saporta, contemporary composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ohana, Witold Lutoslawski, Edison Denisov, Thierry Pecou, Jean-Yves Bosseur…

J.P. ARMENGAUD has made several award-winning recordings such as ERIC SATIE entire work for piano (5 CD Mandala-Harmonia Mundi and Bayard Music), CLAUDE DEBUSSY complete piano works (4 CD Arts Music), ALBERT ROUSSEL complete piano works  (2CD Mandala) and the complete chamber music of FRANCIS POULENC with the “Soloists of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France” and SCHOENBERG-BOULEZ-STOCKHAUSEN (EMI-London).  In addition he has recorded a variety of composers including Chopin, Prokofiev, Roslavetz, Shostakovitch,  Szymanowski, Scriabine, Mossolov, Lourié,  Milhaud, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez, Denisov, Lutoslawski…

He is well known for his recordings of 20th century Russian music and was one of the first musicians to expose the work of  contemporary Russian composers to the French public, such as  DENISOV, SCHNITTKE, GOUBAIDOULINA, SILVESTROV, KNAIFEL, FIRSOVA…and is the major exponent of  the works of DENISOV in France. His recording of  DENISOV’S complete piano works (Mandala) and the two recordings of  his chamber music (Chant du Monde) have earned JEAN PIERRE ARMENGAUD  great acclaim.

Following years of research JP Armengaud recorded a very special CD of the Polish composers who inspired Chopin in his youth:  J.F. Dobrzynski, Maria Szymanowska, K. Kurpinski, M.K.Oginski,  recorded on the old Pleyel piano which belonged to Alfred Cortot.

His most recent recordings include the entire works for piano by WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (notably the rediscovered early Sonata) (Dux), the Quartet for the End of Time, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of OLIVIER MESSIAEN. At present he is recording the entire BEETHOVEN Sonatas for cello and piano with the Italian cellist Luca Paccagnalla (Egea).

Over the last ten years, JEAN-PIERRE ARMENGAUD has given Masterclasses at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and in the Conservatoires and Music Colleges of Buenos Aires, Gothenburg, Trieste, Warsaw, Mannheim, Venice, Peking, Shanghaï as well as Paris-CNSM and the Sorbonne. He has also been guest Professor at the Music College of Weimar and Laval University Quebec.

JPA is also a musicologist – for six years director of musical programming at Radio France (contemporary music festival “PRESENCES”),  then Associate Professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris,  followed by ten years as Head of the Department of Musicology at the University de Paris-Evry. During the course of his cultural life he has spent time as Cultural Attache and Director of the French Institute in various countries and Director of The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France. He is presently Director of the Indre et Loire Festival “Musique d’Automne” based at Chinon.

JPA has written  several authoritative books, his most recent publication being  ERIC SATIE (published by Fayard) and DENISOV (Editions Plume), and many articles on the art of musical interpretation and cultural, musical life.