French pianist Marie-Françoise Bucquet began her studies at the Vienna Music Academy and continued this tradition by further studies with the pianist Wilhelm Kempff and later with Alfred Brendel. The influence of Edouard Steuermann and Max Deutsch, who were both pupils of Arnold Schönberg, and the French composer Pierre Boulez made her also a specialist in 20th-century music. Composers, such as Betsy Jolas, Iannis Xenakis and Sylvano Bussotti, have composed works especially for her. Her concert tours as a soloist and with orchestra have brought her all over the world. For the Philips label she recorded works by, among others, Bizet, Bartók, Stockhausen and Stravinsky. In 1976 Marie-Françoise Bucquet was awarded an Edison for one of her Schönberg recordings. She has given master classes in Italy, Spain, the United States and Japan and, since 1988, at The International Holland Music Sessions.
Since 1986 she has been professor of piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where she was appointed Head of the Pedagogical Department and member of the Board in 1991. Since 1979 Marie-Françoise Bucquet has formed a duo with her husband, baritone Jorge Chaminé. Their discography includes several award-winning recordings: Brahms Lieder (Lyrinx-Harmonia Mundi), Carlos Guastavino Songs (Movieplay Classics), Hebrew Songs (ADDA) and in 2002 a new release of a recording of Spanish Songs by De Falla, Turina and Nin for Lyrinx-Harmonia Mundi. With her husband she organizes each year an Atelier Musical in Paris in collaboration with the Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian for special lessons in interpretation and performance. Marie-Françoise Bucquet has been a jury member at many international piano competitions, among them the International Piano Competition in Dublin. Since 1986 she teaches at Conservatoire de Paris.
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