After a literature degree and acting classes with F. Ledoux, Jean-Louis Pichon makes his debuts as a stage director as well as an actor in 1971, in Paris with G. Marcel's world creation of Le Monde Cassé (Antonoff).

Since this date, he performs both as an actor and as director on the theatrical classical and contemporary scene (Britannicus, Andromaque, Le Cid, Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard, Hamlet, Les Femmes Savantes, Le Médecin malgré lui, Tartuffe, Ionesco Le Roi se Meurt, Anouilh Monsieur Barnett, Sartre Huis Clos, Beckett En attendant Godot, Rambaud Le Comédien aux Liens …)

His passion for opera brings him to direct several productions such as, Roussel Le Testament de la Tante Caroline, Massenet Amadis (Orphée d'Or to the recording from Académie Nationale de l'Art Lyrique), Thérèse in Karlsruhe and in Poland, Grétry Richard Cœur de Lion in Nancy, Esclarmonde in Palermo Massimo, Il Pirata in Saint-Étienne, Nancy and Tours, Macbeth at Montevideo National Opera, Turandot, Hérodiade as well as Carmen in Liege, then Saint-Étienne, Palermo, Cosenza and Marseille, Cavalleria Rusticana in Saint-Etienne and Vichy, Lucia di Lammermoor in Avignon and more recently at Martina-Franca Festival, Le Roi de Lahore in Bordeaux, Dialogues des Carmelites (nominated in 2005 Best Lyric Show of the year by the French Critics) in St. Etienne, Seville Maestranza and Santiago, Salomé (French version) in Saint-Etienne and Nice.

During the last seasons, Werther in Hong Kong, Lakmé in Cairo, Les Pêcheurs de Perles in Santiago and Shanghai, La Gioconda again in Shanghai, La Dame Blanche in Paris Opéra-Comique, Roma in Martina-Franca and Palermo, La Reine de Saba and the rare Polyeucte again in Martin-Franca, Le Roi d'Ys in Saint-Etienne and Liege.

Jean-Louis Pichon has been the Director of the Opéra-Théâtre de Saint-Étienne from 1983 to December 2008, as well as the founder of Massenet Biennale which he directs artistically since 1988. He has created for this Festival the new productions of Thaïs, Le Roi de Lahore, La Reine de Saba, Roma, Hérodiade, Werther, Sapho, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame and very recently, Ariane.

Since 2001, he participates next to P. Domingo to the jury of Operalia Competition and he is regularly invited to the Competitions of Maria Caniglia (Sulmona) and Ottavio Ziino (Rome).

This season and in the future, Jean-Louis Pichon directs La Bohème in Liege and Marseille, Rigoletto and Lucrezia Borgia in Santiago, and participates, as an actor, to L'Amour Masqué (Lui) in Bordeaux, My Fair Lady (Pr. Higgins) in Metz and Avignon…

Jean-Louis Pichon is Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.