Dominique Merlet

  • Dominique Merlet pianiste

Dominique Merlet


Born in Bordeaux, Dominique Merlet was a pupil of Roger-Ducasse, Rose Lejour, Nadia Boulanger and Louis Hiltbrand. After three prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he becames the winner of the prestigious Geneva International Competition in 1957 as well as the special prize awarded to the most accomplished laureate of all disciplines on the programme that year ; an extraordinary year indeed where Martha Argerich (who was awarded the ladies 1st prize), Maurizio Pollini and Dominique Merlet were all finalists.
His impressive accomplissements have been rewarded by the French Ministry of Culture with the title of « Officier des Arts et des Lettres »

A long career

It was the start of a career that was going to develop quickly on all continents. He played in most European countries as well as the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, China, Australia and Japan and took part in many important festivals such as Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, Besançon, Shanghai, Seoul Spring Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron and Duszniki . He has ore with notable conducators such as Charles Münch, Paul Paray, Jean Martinon, Armin Jordan, Moshe Atzmon, Richard Hickox, Sergiu Comissiona, Yutaka Sado, Xu Zhong, Cristian Mandeal, Ronald Zollmann, Jin Wang. In parallel to being a concert pianist as well as a brilliant organist, Dominique Merlet has participated intensely in producing great young pianists, firstly from 1974 to 1992, with his class at the CNSM, Paris,from which emerged several international laureates who are now enjoying brilliant careers, and secondly from giving lectures and master-classes in such countries as England (he was often invited by the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London), Germany, Austria, the Scandinavian countries, South Korea, Japan, Australia and China. In 1992, the Geneva Conservatory entrusts him with the famous « Classe de Virtuosité » created by Liszt which is reserved for a severe selection who are preparing for a solo career. He decides to cease this activity in 2004 in order to concentrate on his concerts performances. Dominique Merlet frequently participates at international piano juries (Warsaw, Leeds, Vienna, Dublin, Tokyo, Münich, Seoul, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Shanghai, Hamamatsu and others) and he is the President of the « Centre International Nadia & Lili Boulanger ».


His recordings includes Schumann, Weber, Brahms,Bartok, Liszt, Satie, Ravel (the complete Works), Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Roger-Ducasse, Kirchner and they have won many distinctions such as « Grand Prix du Disque » and « Diapason d’Or ». He enjoys sharing performances with his friends (quartet or quintet) and has recorded Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for piano and violin with Gérard Poulet . His CD devoted to « The Golden Age of the Piano », recorded on his american Steinway dated 1895, fascinated many great musicians and piano lovers.