Jean-Michel Damase, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jean-Michel Damase

French pianist, conductor and composer

Date of Birth: 27-Jan-1928

Place of Birth: Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Date of Death: 21-Apr-2013

Profession: composer, conductor, pianist, choreographer

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Jean-Michel Damase

  • Jean-Michel Damase (27 January 1928 – 21 April 2013) was a French pianist, conductor and composer of classical music. Damase was born in Bordeaux, the illegitimate son of harpist Micheline Kahn and pianist Alfred Cortot.
  • He was studying with Marcel Samuel-Rousseau at the age of five and composing by age nine.
  • He was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris in 1940, studying with his father Alfred Cortot for piano, and won first prize for piano in 1943, afterwards studying with Henri Büsser, Marcel Dupré and Claude Delvincourt for composition – winning his first prize for composition in 1947, in which year he won the Grand Prix de Rome (In this year he wrote his trio for flute, viola and harp which has several times been recorded.) He made the first complete recording of Gabriel Fauré's nocturnes and barcarolles, for which he received the Grand Prix du Disque.

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