The acclaimed French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of the most dazzling musicians in the international classical music scene. His professional recordings feature a rich selection of repertoire and superb interpretations. Among them, his Beethoven Sonata, Haydn Sonata and Ravel piano works are regarded as premium listening for classical music appreciators. In the international music scene, Bavouzet has received numerous accolades and extensive praise. According to world-renowned Pianist magazine, Bavouzet “casts magic over the orchestra’s background accompaniment with his faultless, seamless execution of passagework and his exquisite phrasing of melodies." He was also given high praise in Gramophone for “his selfless concentration, understanding, boundless musical energy and his command of timing.” His exquisite interpretations of both Debussy and Ravel are quite rare in the international music scene.

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On April 3rd, Tom Lee Music was honoured to welcome Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to our Tom Lee Music Richmond piano showroom. The afternoon included a fascinating question and answer period where the acclaimed pianist shared his musical insight and experiences with a group of attentive musicians and music educators from the local community. The room was filled with constant laughter from the audience, as Jean-Efflam shared clever thoughts and musical anecdotes. He gave brilliant answers to the piano teachers' many complex questions such as advanced pedalling techniques and pedagogy.

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Jean-Efflam also shared some fascinating insight on his artistic interpretations of Debussy and Ravel. He describes them both as not only outstanding composers and pianists but also primary examples of romantic music. Some people think that their style is similar, but both Ravel and Debussy have unique, contrasting characteristics. One piano teacher asked how an educator can better relay an understanding of these works to their students and Jean-Efflam offered that musical comprehension is of great importance for performers. This means that piano teachers themselves need to have a full understanding of the works in order to share the complexity and artistry with their students. And what better way to gain insight than from a mast pianist himself!

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Photography by Tian