BAUDET Marcel

Born in Holland, Marcel Baudet studied piano at the Groningen Conservatory. As a teacher, he considers himself to be mainly influenced by Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner and György Sebök. During the seventies and eighties he performed regularly as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. During this period he also worked as a pianist with the Noord-Holland Symphony Orchestra. Having a great interest in jazz, he played many times in Holland and abroad with his own quintet, for which he composed and arranged the majority of his repertoire. A member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) and of the Foundation for Young Talent Music (SJMN), Marcel Baudet holds various positions and writes many articles for the “Bulletin de Piano”. He regularly receives invitations abroad to take part in masterclasses and serve on the jury of piano competitions. As a composer of film music, he received the national Buma/Stemra prize in 1995. He has written several film scores, but also classical pieces for piano and made some arrangements for two pianos. He composed a classical jazz-influenced piano piece, El Mestengo, which was recorded by pianist Graham Caskie. Working with talented young pianists for many years, Marcel Baudet founded the Fondation des jeunes pianistes (FJP) in 1999 and has been its artistic director for the past twenty years. He created the Yuri Egorov Grand Prix of the YPF Piano Competition, and commissioned piano concertos from Dutch composers Hans Kox, Klaas de Vries and Elmer Schönberger. In 2019, he entrusted the Foundation for Young Pianists to pianist-composer Thomas Beijer.