Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles (France). He comes from a musical family and began his musical training at the age of four. When he was fourteen he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Marseille with the highest marks and first prize in the piano section and then went on to continue his piano studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris (CNSM). His teachers included Aline van Barentzen, Jean Hubeau, Jean Fassina, Vlado Perlemuter and Pierre Sancan. Jacques Rouvier also received important insights for his musical development from various eminent personalities such as Gyorgy Sebok, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jose Iturbi and others.
He won prizes in major international competitions such as second prize at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (no first prize was awarded), first prize at the Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli and the special prize of the Fondation de la Vocation. Jacques Rouvier was also a finalist in the ARD Competition in Munich (in the section chamber music) and in 1970 he founded a trio, together with Jean Jacques Kantorow (violin) and Philippe Müller (cello) and he was also the winner of the Third Grand Prix of the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.
He began his teaching activity at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique de Paris in 1977. He was given a titular professorship in 1982. He also taught at the CNR Marseilles and from 2006 was guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Among his most eminent graduates are Arcadi Volodos, Hélène Grimaud, David Fray, David Kadouch, Philippe Giusiano (second prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw), Frank Braley (first prize at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and professor at the CNSMDP).
Besides his activity as a teacher and jury member at major international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Marguerite Long in Paris, the Leeds Piano Competition, Igancy Jan Paderewsky Competition, Rubinstein Competition, Chopin Competition Warsaw, Santander, Dublin, Geneva, Montreal, Hamamatsu, Sendai, etc., Jacques Rouvier regularly gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Asia.
Jacques Rouvier is professor of piano at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.