Marcel Baudet





For nearly two decades now, Marcel Baudet is a principal teacher of piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, but already since 1980, he was a regular visitor to the school.
He studied piano, music theory and conducting, but also completed an academic study in social-economic history at the University of Groningen. For a short period, he took part as an historian in a research project at the University of Rotterdam (1978- 1979). During a period of thirty-five years, he held a professorship for piano in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatory and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He gave many international masterclasses and workshops in Europe, the USA and Russia. He was a regular jury member in a range of national and international piano competitions, and taught at summer courses in France, Spain and Switzerland.

Marcel Baudet has been mainly influenced by Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner and György Sebök. He translated Perlemuter’s Ravel d’après Ravel in Dutch. Between the 70’s and early 90’s, he regularly performed both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Already in his student years, he was engaged as orchestra pianist in the Noordelijk Filharmonisch Orkest (NFO). In recent years, he has been mainly devoting himself to his lifelong passion for piano teaching, with occasional performances, such as in 2018 with Jean Bernard Pommier.

As a composer of film music, he received in 1995 the national Buma/Stemra Award. He wrote several film scores, but also classical pieces for piano and made some arrangements for two pianos. He composed a jazz-influenced classical piano piece, El Mestengo, which has been recorded by pianist Graham Caskie.

In 1999, he founded the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF) and has been its Artistic Director over the past twenty years. He created the YPF Piano Competition Grand Prix Youri Egorov, and commissioned piano concertos to Dutch composers Hans Kox, Klaas de Vries and Elmer Schönberger. In 2019 he handled the Young Pianist Foundation over to pianist-composer Thomas Beijer. Marcel Baudet was an editor of the Piano Bulletin of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) for which he wrote a series articles and interviews on music, pedagogy and piano playing.