The French pianist, Raymond Trouard, studied at the the Conservatoire de Paris, where he obtained he obtained his 1st Piano Prize in 1933, and 2nd Orchestra Conducting Prize in 1937. Among his teachers there were André Bloch, Joseph Morpain
(himself a pupil of Gabriel Fauré), Victor Staub, Emil von Sauer (a pupil of Franz Liszt), Marcel Dupré, Paul Dukas, Philippe Gaubert and Bruno Walter.
Among his classmates were Henri Betti, Paul Bonneau, Léo Chauliac, Henri Dutilleux, Louiguy and Pierre Spiers. He perfected his musical studies with Yves Nat, Sergei Rachmaninov, Manuel Infante, Maurice Ravel.
Raymond Trouard gave his first piano recital in 1935. He won the first Louis Diémer Grand Prix in 1939 that launched him on an international career, which would lead him all over the world: in France of course, but throughout Europe, England, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Holland. He also played in South America and North America (USA, Canada). He played in recitals and with orchestras under the direction of the greatest conductors: Philippe Gaubert, Pierre Monteux, Eugène Bigot, André Cluytens, Pierre Dervaux, Richard Beck, Carl Schuricht ...
His repertoire was vast, from J.S. Bach to Henri Dutilleux. Raymond Trouard excelled in Franz Liszt which he held not only technique but also the spirit by filiation with Emil von Sauer. He was one of the great performers of Frédéric Chopin. On the disc, he gave a reference version of the 14 waltzes. He made numerous recordings for the labels Odéon, then CBS, as well as EMI. These recordings were remastered and reissued (May 2008) in a box of 11 CD's by the Sony label, box entitled "Raymond Trouard: A life for the piano". A booklet is included, with a recent interview of the artist by Frédéric Gaussin (2007). Many other recordings are waiting for a future commercial edition.
Raymond Trouard was from 1969 to 1985 was Professor of Piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris.Among his many students were Michel Dalberto, Jean-Gabriel Ferlan, Eric Ferrer or Marc-Henri Lamande.