Holder of a doctorate of singing (Music: Research and practice), masters of chamber music and pedagogy from the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon, Jean-François ROUCHON studied in the singing class of Brian Parsons before working with the pianist and conductor Michel Tranchant. As part of the Erasmus program, he completed a study visit to the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Finally, he followed for many years the teaching of the German baritone Udo Reinemann, especially in the interpretation class of lied and melody at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
It was there that he was able to benefit from the advice of many leading singers and pianists: Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai, Sarah Walker, Wolfgang Holzmair, Helmut Deutsch, Françoise Pollet, Rudolph Jansen, Roger Vignoles and Maciej Pikulski. Later he worked with baritone Thomas Quasthoff.
Orienting very early his activities of singer towards the repertoire of chamber music, he obtains the Prize of the French melody in the European contest of Mâcon and, in 2009, the 2nd Prize with the International competition lied and melody of Enschede (Netherlands).
His concerts and recitals take him to numerous venues and festivals in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Japan, alongside pianists Jamal Moqadem, Billy Eidi , Michel Tranchant or Noël Lee. He also performs as a soloist with orchestra, such as at La Folle Jour de Nantes, where he performs Gustav Mahler's Rückert-Lieder at the Festival des Heures Romantics, where he sings the same composer's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. It has been heard on France-Musique in programs and concerts devoted in particular to Paul Verlaine's musicians, to Hugo Wolf's lieder or even to the vocal quartet Amadis, of which he is a founding member.
His concert activities are naturally in the field of oratorio. In particular, he frequently sings the Johannes Passion, Matthäus Passion and many of Bach's cantatas with Baroque ensembles. His extensive repertoire also includes classical works (Joseph Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, W. A. Mozart's Mass in C), Romantics (Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms) and contemporaries.
On the operatic stage, he specializes in Mozart roles (Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte) and in French opera (Ramiro in Maurice Ravel's L'Heure espagnole, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Francis Poulenc, Des Grieux in Jules Massenet's Portrait of Manon, Boniface in Jacques Ibert's Angélique). He sings many times the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy. His repertoire also extends to Baroque opera (Æneas in Dido and Æneas by Henry Purcell) and contemporary creation (Marlowe, in the world premiere of Tenebræ by Arnaud Petit).
Passionate about artistic education and vocal pedagogy, Jean-François Rouchon holds the certificate of aptitude and has been teaching vocal and vocal chamber music for more than a dozen years in regional Conservatories. After starting his career at the CRR in Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée, he is now full professor at CRR Cergy-Pontoise in the Paris region, and a visiting professor at CRR de Nantes. At the same time, he regularly gives masterclasses in France and abroad, notably at the Nice International Summer Academy in Osaka and Tokyo.
His doctoral work on the melodies of Charles Bordes was awarded in 2016 by the Prix du Mozarteum de France. He is currently collaborating on the critical edition of the melodies of this composer who was one of the great figures of French musical life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.