Jean-Bernard
POMMIER

France

Biography

Jean-Bernard Pommier began his musical training and career as a pianist at the age of four, under the direction of Mina Kosloff. He went on to study with Yves Nat and Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. He won First Prize at the Berlin International Young Musicians Competition, as well as the French Guild of Soloist-Artists Award. In 1962, aged seventeen, Jean-Bernard Pommier was the youngest finalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Jean-Bernard Pommier has performed with the most prominent orchestras, including the Paris and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig. He has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Sanderling, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle, and Daniel Barenboim. 

Jean-Bernard Pommier also regularly performs as a guest soloist at the Berlin, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Jerusalem, Casals, and Melbourne festivals. 

In chamber music, he has played with Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, David Oistrakh, Pinchas Zukerman, Christian Ferras, Alexandre Schneider, as well as the Guarneri and Vermeer Quartets.

Jean-Bernard Pommier also pursues a career as a conductor and has worked with orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

His recordings include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Complete Sonatas (released by Virgin), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas (crowned with a “Diapason d'Or”), Chopin’s Valses (Erato), and Claude Debussy’s Préludes et Images (Virgin).

Jean-Bernard Pommier is an Officer of the National Order of Merit and was recently made a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the Minister of Culture.