April 19 to 26, 2021
Holder of masters in singing, chamber music and pedagogy from the National Superior Music and Dance Conservatory of Lyon, Jean-François ROUCHON also studied at the Guildhall school of music and drama in London, then at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the interpretation class du lied, in particular with Udo Reinemann, Mitsuko Shirai, Sarah Walker, Wolfgang Holzmair. He also received advice from the German baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Orienting his activities as a singer very early on to the chamber music repertoire, he won the Prize for French melody at the European competition in Mâcon and, in 2009, the 2nd Prize at the International Lied and Melody Competition by Enschede
His concerts and recitals take him to numerous halls and festivals in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands as well as in China, alongside pianists Jamal Moqadem, Billy Eidi , Michel Tranchant or Noël Lee. He also performs as a soloist with orchestra, as at the Folle jour de Nantes, where he performs Gustav Mahler's Rückert-Lieder. We have been able to hear him regularly on France-Musique in shows and concerts devoted to the lied and the melody.
On the lyrical scene, he specializes in Mozart roles and in French opera (Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnol by Maurice Ravel, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Francis Poulenc ...). He sang numerous times the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy.
Very involved in teaching and research since the beginning of his career, Jean-François Rouchon holds the certificate of aptitude and professor of lyric singing at the Conservatoire with regional influence of Cergy-Pontoise and at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. His work as a performer doctorate (Music: research and practice) devoted to the melodies of Charles Bordes (1863-1909) and completed in 2016 received the Mozarteum Prize from France.
Jean-François ROUCHON recently recorded a complete Beethoven's Volkslieder published by Warner Classics in 2020.