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Jean-Louis Haguenauer

Professor of Music (Piano)

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East Studio Building, JS421



  • Licence de Concerts, Paris Ecole Normale de Musique, 1973
  • Premier Prix de Virtuosite avec distinction, Geneva Conservatory, 1977

Jean-Louis Haguenauer has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He has appeared as a soloist on virtually every important concert series in France and has performed often on Radio France and French national television. Haguenauer has also participated in numerous summer festivals in Europe and the U.S., including La Roque d'Anthéron, Radio-France Montpellier, Jacobins de Toulouse, Orangerie de Sceaux, les Arcs, Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival, and Kreeger Museum June Chamber Festival.

As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Arriaga Quartet, the Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Accoche-Notes; violinists Alexis Galpérine, Patrice Fontanarosa, Régis Pasquier and Joanna Maurer, violists Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Tasso Adamopoulos, Miles Hofmann and Arnaud Thorette; cellists Cecilia Tsan, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Alberto Parrini and Xavier Gagnepain; flutists Patrick Gallois, Andras Adorjan, Sara Stern and Michel Moraguès; clarinetists Loren Kitt, Michel Arrignon, Philippe Cuper, Armand Angster and Michel Lethiec; bassoonist Pascal Gallois; and horn player Gail Williams, among many others. He is a founding member of the Galpérine-Tsan-Haguenauer Piano Trio, launched in Paris in 1988. From 1991 to 1997, he was a member of the Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players, and from 2003 to 2007, he was the pianist of the American Chamber Players. He has been concertizing with Tenor Gilles Ragon for 20 years, successfully exploring both French and German repertoire.

Haguenauer graduated from the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Geneva Conservatory, with Germaine Mounier, Louis Hiltbrand, and Jean Fassina as his principal mentors. In addition to his piano studies, he pursued composition and musical analysis with such luminaries as Nadia Boulanger and Henri Dutilleux. He is a Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Prize winner.

Renowned as an interpreter of the French repertoire, Haguenauer's recordings of the complete piano music of Debussy are in progress. He has also recorded solo repertoire by Liszt (transcriptions of the first two Beethoven symphonies) and chamber repertoire by Weber, Bloch, Ropartz, Stravinsky, and many others. A Beethoven and Schumann CD (An die ferne Geliebte, Dichterliebe, Fantasy Op.17), with the French tenor Gilles Ragon, was released in 2010 (Saphir). The first complete recording of Debussy's melodies, the four-CD Claude Debussy: Melodies Integrale (Complete Songs), with some of the best French singers of our time, was released in 2014. The project was supported in part by a New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities grant.

Haguenauer was the subject of the feature film La Spirale du Pianiste, which continues to be shown in theaters throughout France.

Haguenauer has been a member of the piano faculty at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) since 1998 and previously was professor of piano at the Strasbourg Conservatory.


    • Claude Debussy: Melodies Integrale (Complete Songs)
    • Debussy Piano Works, Vol 1
    • Debussy Piano Works, Vol 2 / Preludes
    • Debussy Piano Music ("Children's Corner" and other piano pieces)
    • Beethoven-Liszt Symphonies 1 and 2
    • Schumann Fantasy, Op. 17 "Dichterliebe" and Beethoven "An die ferne Geliebte" with tenor Gilles Ragon
    • Stravinsky "Histoire du soldat" and other chamber pieces
    • Weber Chamber Music with Piano
    • Ernest Bloch Complete Chamber Works, Vol. 2
    • Ropartz Trio in A Minor
    • Ropartz Sonates pour violon et piano with violinist Alexis Galpérine
    • Francis Bayer Oeuvres Instrumentales & Vocales
  • J. Strauss Waltz Transcriptions by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern

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