Gérard Poulet

Gérard Poulet

At the age of 18, he won the 1st Grand Prix of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

Violinist Gérard Poulet's masterclasses

Gérard Poulet

Gérard Poulet began as a child prodigy. His father, violinist and conductor Gaston Poulet had the privilege of premiering Debussy’s Sonata in 1917, with the author at the piano. Gérard entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris at the age of eleven, and graduated two years after being awarded First Prize, unanimously. At age eighteen, he won the First Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

As he continued to benefit from the teaching of such masters as Zino Francescatti, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and especially from Henryk Szeryng, who considered him his “spiritual heir”, numerous concerts were to follow, and his career developed rapidly worldwide: from Europe to Asia and from America to Africa. He continues to perform worldwide today with the finest orchestras, and in the most prestigious musical seasons, including that of Radio France and the Musée d’Orsay.

No less than an eminent concert player, he is one of the greatest pedagogues of our time. Since April 2005, Gérard Poulet has been an invited professor at Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music, after teaching for many years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, as well as at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Presently, he is professor at the Showa University of Music in Japan since 2010.

In addition to giving masterclasses all over the world, he is also a member of many juries of major international competitions.

He was awarded with the Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1995 and Commandeur in 2019, as well as the Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 1999.

Instruments: Violin

Masterclasses of Gérard Poulet (6)

Interview of Gérard Poulet (1)