Brigitte BOUTHINON-DUMAS

Piano | CRR de Paris (Emeritus)


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Brigitte Bouthinon-Dumas started studing piano at the age of 3. When she was 5, she also started on the violin, and began to improvise music of her own. Improvisation led her to decide to concentrate on the piano, on account of its rich harmony and wide range of sounds. She gave her first concert as a soloist with full orchestra in Paris at the age of 9. Later on, she was singled out by Yvonne Lefébure, one of the representatives, with Marguerite Long and Alfred Cortot, of the French school of piano, and she became her pupil at the age of 14 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, while simultaneously attending the classes of Yvonne Loriod. After obtaining her degree when she was 18, she began to teach in various schools of music in France. From then on, her activity has been divided between her teaching, now as Professor at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, and her career as a concertist. She is a pedagogue of high standing, and her Mémoires d'empreintes, pedagogie du piano, first published in 1993, is regularly reprinted. She is at the head of a Collection at the Editions Billaudot, one of the best known publishing firms in music. She has published ‘A Working Edition of Beethoven's 32 Variations'. She has also given concerts of chamber music and recitals in France, Poland, and China (Shangai). She is regularly invited as a guest of the György Sebok Academy and of other international seminars to give master classes, concerts and lectures.