Jean-Paul Cristille was passionate about music from an early age, but did not really begin his musical studies at the Angoulême Conservatory until the age of sixteen, when he joined Gérard Masson’s class. A hard worker, he only graduated three years later with a First Prize. He then entered the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in the class of France Clidat (Grand Prix International Liszt) where he obtained a Licence d’Enseignement, then the following year a Licence de Concert. His musical career then expanded with Lucette Descaves at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison. He was awarded a First Prize for Excellence. He then went on to study with Carlos Roque-Alsina and Roger Muraro at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, where he obtained the Diplôme National d’Etudes Supérieures Musicales.
His training was also enriched by working with such personalities as Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Catherine Collard, François-René Duchâble, Claude Helffer, Michel Bourdoncle, Jean-François Heisser and Irakly Avaliani. At the same time, he turned to teaching, and a few years later he became a Specialized Assistant of Artistic Teaching and then a Professor. Curious to progress in all that concerns the musician’s career, he then undertook training in “Arts Medicine” with André-François Arcier, founder of this association, and also started with Irakly Avaliani a specific work on the pianist’s touch (method initiated by Marie Jaëll, contemporary and friend of Franz Liszt).
Currently a teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Tarbes, Jean-Paul Cristille is as concerned with passing on his experience to young beginners as to students wishing to prepare for entry to the Conservatoires
Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs. He also diversifies his work by producing musical shows with readings and staging on the life and work of great composers such as Liszt, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, or lesser known ones such as Mel Bonis, female
composer. Jean-Paul Cristille is also invited to regional festivals: Festival Romantique de Blanzac, Bandiat-Tardoire, Cauterets “Visa pour la nuit” (programmed by the Scène Nationale du Parvis). He performs both in recital and in chamber music.