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From the time of his earliest childhood, Desire N'Kaoua proved to have exceptional musical gifts. At age 18, the French pianist received the First Prize of the National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris, where he attended classes with such masters as Lucette Descaves and Lazare Levy. From the teachings of Marguerite Long, the last student of French composer Maurice Ravel, N'Kaoua inherited Ravel's traditions.
Today, he remains one the most genuine specialists of Ravel's music.

At 18, N'Kaoua first performed as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and throughout his career he has appeared with the most prestigious musical ensembles, including the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Athens and "Roman" Switzerland.
N'Kaoua has also played with the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, to name only a few.

France's acclaimed composer Marcel Landowski presented the
award, naming N'Kaoua "Ambassador of French music Abroad."

At 27, the virtuoso was awarded the much praised yet rarely discerned First Grand Prize of Geneva's famous international competition. Other prizes include the Gold medal at the Vercelli international competition in Sienna and the First Prize at the Alfredo Casella competition of Sienna. N'Kaoua later was named honorary soloist of the Academy of Sienna.

In 1988, the French musician was officially appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite, a national honor reserved for a select few.
N'Kaoua has fulfilled his mission. He is one of the few virtuosos to have played the complete piano works of Ravel in the composer's birthplace at Biarritz, France. The performance has been repeated in capitals around the world, including Paris, London, Sophia, Bucharest, Tokyo, etc...

In 1989, N'Kaoua gave his 1000th recital.

The artist has also made numerous recordings in France and abroad, including works by Chopin, Schubert, Mozart, Chabrier, Jehan Alain, Debussy, Ravel and Fauré. N'Kaoua is also a contributor the reknowned music publishing house Éditions Lemoine: among other works, he has edited Chopin's 24 Preludes and the complete Mazurkas.

The pianist's name is mentioned in several reference books, including the German Musicology Dictionary by Hugo Rieman, the Dictionary of Interpreters published by Robert Laffont and Who's Who in France.

In addition to a fulfilling career as a soloist, N'Kaoua is a respected pedagogue, with a reputation depassing France's borders. He bas taught at the Superior Music Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland, and at the National Conservatory of Versailles, France.
Today, Desire N'KAOUA is currently teaching at both the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Schola Cantorum, two ot France's most prestigious piano schools.

In France, he has created the International Music Academy of the Pays de la Loire, a summer music school. He is also at the origin of several competitions: he founded the Sonata Competition of Vierzon in 1986, Guerande's Festival Estival in 1989, and the International Competition of French Music of Guerande in 1991.

The Prime Minister of France recently promoted Desire N'Kaoua to the rank of Officier in Ordre National du Merite, renewing his mandate as "Ambassador of French Music".