Gwendal Giguelay hails from Brittany and studied music in Rennes before entering the Lyon and then the Paris Conservatory (CNSMD) where he earned an MFA in piano. He also studied with Jean-Claude Pennetier and the Quatuor Ysaÿe.
Gwendal has pursued a career as a soloist in France and abroad, and participates in numerous events and festivals. He was awarded the 2008 Scaramuzza Prize at the International Music Competition of les Corts in Barcelone, and his concerts are regularly broadcast on the radio. He is also passionate about chamber music, and was a recipient of the “Musiciens entre guerre et paix” Prize from the Académie Ravel in 2010. He has performed with numerous artists and ensembles, including Le Balcon. In 2009, he founded the Trio Norma with which he has regularly given concerts, notably at the La Roque-d'Anthéron Piano Festival (2013).
Gwendal has maintained a close working relationship with the dance world for a number of years, and collaborates with such companies as the Opéra National de Paris and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He is also a vocal coach and has accompanied numerous opera singers.
A state-certified professor of music, Gwendal Giguelay teaches piano and chamber music at the Conservatories of Montreuil and of Paris’ 12th arrondissement. He also teaches at the National Dance Conservatory (CND) of Pantin and the Dance and Music Conservatory (ESMD) of Lille.
Last but not least, Gwendal had thrown himself into musical improvisation – which he has studied with Jean-François Zygel – and most notably silent film accompaniment. He also appeared in Philippe Béziat’s 2011 film Noces.
Gwendal would like to thank the Mécénat Société Générale, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Musique à Flaine and the Fondation Meyer for their support.