Born in Algeria and of Spanish origin, French pianist Jean-Paul Sevilla gave his first public performance at the age of nine and at fourteen years of age entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. A highlight of his four years of study there was receiving the Premier Prix, à l’unanimité in piano as well as the Prix d’Honneur which has never been awarded since. He also received the Premier Prix in Chamber Music. In 1959, he was awarded the Premier Prix, à l’unanimité in the Concours International de Genève. His numerous tours as both soloist and chamber musician have taken him all over Europe, Africa and the Americas.
For over twenty years, Jean-Paul Sevilla lived in Canada and he is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa. While on regular faculty here, he taught piano, chamber music and keyboard literature, all the while maintaining an active performance career. He even taught a course in opera! He can count among his past students some of the most brilliant pianists of the day, several of whom have won top prizes in international competitions.
Jean-Paul Sevilla gives summer courses in Europe (Aix-en-Provence, Perpignan, Toulon, Nice, Poitiers, St Jean de Luz, Flaine, Courchevel) , Canada (Orford, Banff, Victoria) and Korea. He is frequently invited to jury national competitions (CMC, Canada Council for the Arts) and international, such as Conservatory of Paris, Munich, Lisbon, Cleveland, Porto, Senigallia, Marsala, Jaen , Orleans, Moscow, Leipzig, Pretoria, Monterrey and Xiamen. He spent a year in Japan as visiting professor at Musashino University in Tokyo and has returned to Asia every year since. From 1997 to 2001 he taught at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and in 1999 he was visiting professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
His numerous recordings include: a disc of works by Vincent d'Indy and Albert Roussel; a double album "Homage to Childhood" featuring works inspired by childhood; a compact disc of Variations in C minor by Gabriel Pierné, which won a Diapason d'or; and a double album of works by Gabriel Fauré.
Jean-Paul Sevilla is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.