Gérard Poulet started as a child prodigy. His father, the violinist and conductor Gaston Poulet had the privilege of giving the first performance of Debussy’s Sonata in 1917, with the author at the piano. Gérard entered the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris at the age of eleven, and left the following two years with a unanimously awarded first prize. Aged eighteen, he carried off the first prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa.
Numerous concerts were to follow, and his career developed rapidly worldwide. Meanwhile, he continued to benefit from the teaching of such masters as Zino Francescatti, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein and especially Henryk Szeryng, who considered him his “spiritual heir”.
Gérard Poulet now plays regularly, both in seasons and on international tours, with the finest orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the National Orchestras of Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, the RAI Orchestra in Turin, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, the Beijing Symphony and the Stuttgart Kammerorchester.
Every year he takes part in the most prestigious musical seasons, including those of Radio France, the Musee d’Orsay and the Theatre des Champs Elysees, and festivals such as Prades, Divonne, Sceaux, Besancon, Monte Carlo, Montreux and Carthage.
As well as enjoying an international career which regularly takes him to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Brazil, Argentina and Africa, Gérard Poulet is also one of the foremost teacher of our time.
After he taught for 25 years at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris”, “Conservatoire National de Région de Paris” and the “Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris”, Gérard Poulet was a visiting professor at the “Tokyo University of Arts” (Tokyo Geidai) from April 2005 to March 2009.
Currently, he is a professor at the “Showa University of Music” in Japan from 2010.
Besides giving the master-classes all over the world, he also judges major international competitions.
He was decorated with the “Officier des Arts et Lettres” in 1995, and the “Officier National de Mérite” in 1999.