The French pianist, Olivier Cazal, made his first public appearance at the age of 7. After studies in his native city at the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse with Evelyne Flauw, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris in 1974 as a student of Pierre Sancan, winning first prizes in Piano and Chamber Music. From 1985 to 1987 he continued his training in Brussels with Michael Faerman.
Since 1988, Olivier Cazal has participated in numerous piano competitions, winning many top prizes, including the 2nd prizes in the 1988 Barcelona Maria Canals Competition, and the 1991 Busoni International Competition in Bolzano (ex-aequo with Igor Kamenz), 3rd prize in the 1993 Paris Long-Thibaud Competition and 1st prizes at the Premio de Jaén in Spain in 1993, Pretoria (UNISA) in 1990 and in the Italian Città di Senigallia and Città di Marsala competitions in 1989. He also received the People’s Prize at the 1992 Sydney International Piano Competition, the Boucher and Special Jury Prizes at the 1990 William Kapell, University of Maryland Competition, and was Laureate of the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
Olivier Cazal maintains a very active concert schedule, which has taken him to all continents of the world and he has performed throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, China, South Africa, Australia and North and South America. He has recorded Francis Poulenc's complete piano works for Naxos Records.