Jean-François Zygel

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Jean-Francois Zygel
 
All for improvisation ! Already as a child, he worried his teachers about music, spending most of his time letting his imagination flow on his keyboards...
 
After his studies at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) where he obtains 10 first prizes, Jean-Francois Zygel wins in 1982 1st prize at the International Piano Improvisation Competition in the city of Lyon. It is the beginning of a unique improvisation concertist whoch will bring him to share the stage with dancers, actors. jazz artists, song or world music
 
Named « artiste en résidence » for the 5th consecutive year at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Jean-Francois Zygel will perform at more than a hundred concerts in France and internationally of the 2019-2020 season.
 
Jean-Francois Zygel is recognised in France and internationally as one of the best specialists in acompanying silent films in concert.
 
In October 2015, he improvises live for 6 hours on images from a new restored version of henri Fescourt's Miserables Victor Hugo at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a performance he did again the following year at the Musicl Festival of Strasbourg, then in July 2018 at the International Film Festival in Jerusalem and in 2019 at the Parvis de Tarbes.
 
For the french Cinémathèque, he signs in 2016 Victor Sjöström's music La Charrette fantome, Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc and Marcel L'Herbier's L'Argent at Hanovre and in Hambourg. He puts into music Rupert Julian's Le Fantôme de l’opéra for the Opera of Monte-Carlo in October 2016, solo also performed at the Chorégies d’Orange in July 2017 and in the Auditorium of Lyon in March 2019.
 
For the Spirito Choir, he creates in 2017 an Imaginary Requiem in english, german, latin, slavon and aramean.
 
jean-Francois Zygel founded fifteen years ago the improvisation class in piano at the Paris Conservatory, engaging many partnerships with institutions such as the Forum des Images, the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé and the Cinémathèque française.
 
He is also known from the public for his interventions in television (Les Clefs de l’orchestre, La Boîte à musique...) and on the radio (La Preuve par Z sur France Inter), where he defends with malice and passion his art of predilection.
 
His last album, L'Alchimiste, recently appeared in Sony.

Videos

Jean-François Zygel - L'alchimiste (making of)
Jean-François Zygel: "Variations on Élise"
Jean-François Zygel: "After the rain" (tribute to Michel Legrand)
Impro'baroque
Jean François Zygel re-harmonizes the prelude n ° 1 of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier - Chills! ...
Piano Battle Chilly Gonzales vs Jean Francois Zygel
JF Zygel et Marcin Wyrostek

Upcoming concerts

18 Sep 2020
PUGET-SUR-ARGENS (83) - Espace Culturel Victor Hugo - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
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03 Dec 2020
MONTéLIMAR (26) - Le Toit Rouge - Duel de piano - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
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Archived concerts

06 May 2020
BELGIQUE - ABBAYE MUSICALE DE MALONNE - Ludwig vs. Beethoven
05 May 2020
BELGIQUE - ABBAYE MUSICALE DE MALONNE - Ludwig vs. Beethoven
26 Apr 2020
LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg / Ciné - concert "Nosferatu"
24 Apr 2020
LIVRY GARGAN - Centre culturel cinéma - Yves-Montand
03 Apr 2020
MANOSQUE - Théâtre Jean Le Bleu - Jean-François Zygel improvise sur Jean Giono
31 Mar 2020
TOULON - Théâtre Liberté - Fantaisies sur Beethoven
29 Mar 2020
NICE - Théâtre National - Jean François Zygel improvise sur les poètes
28 Mar 2020
NICE - Théâtre National - Jean François Zygel improvise sur les poètes
24 Mar 2020
BOURGES - Auditorium - Un Requiem imaginaire, avec le Choeur Spirito
19 Mar 2020
TOULOUSE - La Halle aux Grains - La fabuleuse histoire de Michel Strogoff
14 Mar 2020
AIX EN PROVENCE (13), FRANCE - Théâtre du Jeu de Paume - improvise sur Beethoven
12 Mar 2020
SAINT BENOîT (86), FRANCE - La Hune de Saint Benoît - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
10 Mar 2020
OYE PLAGE (62), FRANCE - Salle Jean Crinon - Fantaisies sur Beethoven
08 Mar 2020
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg - «Victor Hugo, paroles et musique»
01 Mar 2020
SAINT-RéMY-L'HONORé (78), FRANCE - Eglise de Saint-Rémy l’Honoré
21 Feb 2020
SALLANCHES (74), FRANCE - Salle Léon Curral - Grande Salle - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
13 Feb 2020
TOULON (83), FRANCE - Opéra de Toulon - Ciné-concert "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra"
08 Feb 2020
GRENOBLE (38), FRANCE - MC2 : Grenoble - Jean François Zygel - improvise sur “L’Argent”
02 Feb 2020
PARIS (75), FRANCE - Musée Jacquemart-André
01 Feb 2020
PARIS (75), FRANCE - Musée Jacquemart-André
25 Jan 2020
TOULOUSE (31), FRANCE - La Halle au Grains - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
12 Jan 2020
LUXEMBOURG (14), LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg
09 Jan 2020
MORGES (11), SUISSE - Théâtre de Beausobre - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
10 Dec 2019
BéZIERS (34), FRANCE - Scène de Bayssan
08 Dec 2019
SAINT-RéMY L’HONORé (78), FRANCE - Eglise de Saint-Rémy l’Honoré
06 Dec 2019
LENS (62), FRANCE - Le Colisée - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
05 Dec 2019
NICE (06), FRANCE - Théâtre National de Nice
03 Dec 2019
EVREUX (27), FRANCE - Le Tangram
30 Nov 2019
SAINT-ORENS-DE-GAMEVILLE (31) - Altigone - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
22 Nov 2019
DIVONNE-LES-BAINS (01), FRANCE - Esplanade du Lac
21 Nov 2019
ANNECY (74), FRANCE - Bonlieu Scène Nationale
16 Nov 2019
ERSTEIN (67), FRANCE - Musée Würth France Erstein
14 Nov 2019
LES SABLES D'OLONNE (85), FRANCE - Auditorium Saint-Michel
10 Nov 2019
LUXEMBOURG (14), LUXEMBOURG - Philharmonie Luxembourg
03 Nov 2019
MONACO (98), FRANCE - Opéra de Monte-Carlo - Ciné-concerts "Les Nibelungen" de Fritz Lang
06 Oct 2019
ST MARCELLIN (38), FRANCE - Le Diapason - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
29 Sep 2019
NICE (06), FRANCE - Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
12 Jul 2019
NARBONNE (11) - Palais des Archevêques
06 Jul 2019
ANNECY (74) - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian
21 Jun 2019
TOULOUSE (31) - Hotel Palladia
02 Jun 2019
ROGNAC (13) - Jean François Zygel & André Manoukian