Pianist improviser and composer, winner of the 2006 Victoires de la musique, Jean-François Zygel renews classical concert by opening it to jazz, world music, theatre, dance and improvisation.
In 1978, Jean-François Zygel enters the Paris Conservatoire. In 1982, he wins the City of Lyon International Improvisation Competition First Prize. He becomes an orchestration teacher at Lyon Conservatoire, then a composition and improvisation teacher at the Paris Conservatoire.
Passionate about silent cinema, Jean-François Zygel composes original music for Jean Renoir's "Nana" (commissioned by the Louvre Museum). For the film music Centenary, he signs the piano accompaniement of Marcel Herbier masterpiece, "L'Argent".
In 2011, he collaborates with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France for « La Femme sur la lune de Fritz Lang » (Cité de la musique). In 2013, the Rouen Opera Orchestra creates a new partition written « La Belle Nivernaise » by Jean Epstein (commissioned by the Cité de la Musique and the Festival Normandie Impressionniste).
In 2011, he releases his second improvisation album, "Double Messieurs" (Naïve), with Antoine Hervé. This work constitutes a travel diary of his 2009-2010 concerts. On the same year, he launches the "Concerts de l'Improbable" at the Théâtre du Châtelet where he challenges other improvisers such as Chilly Gonzales, Didier Lockwood, Bruno Fontaine, Andy Emler, Yaron Herman…
In 2012, he is invited to perfom with Uri Caine and Lang Lang in Toronto for a tribute concert to Glenn Gould.