Gérard Jouannest

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Gérard Jouannest
Gérard Jouannest Oct 2011.jpg
Jouannest in 2011
Born(1933-05-02)2 May 1933
Died16 May 2018(2018-05-16) (aged 85)
Ramatuelle, Var, France
Alma materConservatoire de Paris
OccupationPianist
Spouse(s)Juliette Gréco

Gérard Jouannest (2 May 1933 – 16 May 2018) was a French pianist and composer.[1] Jouannest began his career as a pianist in music halls.[2]

Jouannest composed more than 250 songs over the course of his life.[2] For example, he composed songs for Jacques Brel like Ne Me Quitte Pas, Ces Gens-Là, Bruxelles, Mathilde and Les Vieux.[1] He also composed songs for younger artists like Miossec, Benjamin Biolay and Abd al Malik.[1][3]

Jouannest married Juliette Gréco.[2] They were introduced by Jacques Brel in the 1960s.[1] Jouannest supported Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the 2012 presidential election.[4]

Jouannest died on 16 May 2018 in Ramatuelle, Var at the age of 85.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Le pianiste virtuose de Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, est mort". Le Parisien. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lesprit, Bruno (17 May 2018). "Gérard Jouannest, pianiste et mélodiste de Jacques Brel et de Juliette Gréco, est mort". Le Monde. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Horner, Olivier (17 May 2018). "Décès de Gérard Jouannest, pianiste de Jacques Brel et Juliette Gréco". Radio Télévision Suisse. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. "1.000 intellectuels derrière Jean-Luc Mélenchon". L'Humanité. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2018.