French-Argentine pianist Claudio Chaiquin was born in Buenos Aires, where he studied at the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla with Dora Castro, a former pupil of Walter Gieseking. He was a prizewinner at the Young Soloists Competition of Radio Nacional Argentina. On the advice of Magda Tagliaferro he moved to Europe, continuing his studies in Paris under Dominique Merlet and Marie-Claude Équoy. Success in the Claude Kahn Competition led to an appearance as soloist at the Palais dʼUnesco in 1987. In 1989 he became an assistant to Aquiles delle Vigne, who introduced him to the Arrau technique. In the same year he was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur dʼExécution of the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris. In 1991 he won first prize in the Caltanissetta Vincenzo Bellini International Competition, and in 1993 was awarded the coveted diploma of the Rotterdam Conservatorium. He has performed in most of the major cities of the world, and appeared with leading orchestras and distinguished conductors. Well known as a teacher, he is a regular member of juries for national and international piano competitions. Claudio Chaiquin is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a laureate of the Cziffra Foundation, Senlis.