Jean-Michel is a self-taught pianist who has been passionate about jazz and improvisation since his childhood. Engineer-turned-professional jazzman at 27, Jean-Michel Pilc has become a unique pianist-composer after a rather atypical journey.
His rising reputation has led him to perform regularly with many famous musicians of the French and American jazz scenes such as Martial Solal. In 1995 he moved to New York where he formed a new trio with François Moutin on the double bass and Ari Hoenig on the drums. Their live album recording at the Sweet Basil club in February 1999 earned their group international recognition.
In 2000, he received the Django Reinhardt Award from the Jazz Academy, which rewards the musician of the year. He then signed with the label Dreyfus Jazz; with which he recorded several albums while being involved in many projects and musical collaborations on the side.