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  • Biography of Pierre Bergé
  • Pierre Bergé was born in Ile d'Oléron in France

  • He was interested in literature during his youth and his encounter with Jean Giono and Jean Cocteau has marked him ever since. Their friendship continued until their last days after which Pierre Bergé's mission is to promote their literary works. He has the exclusive moral copyright on Jean Cocteau's literary opus

  • After meeting with Yves Saint-Laurent in 1958, they create a joint business in fashion design two years later. Pierre Bergé is the Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent Couture

  • Mr Bergé heads the Théatre d'Athéné-Louis Jouvet where he has produced with François Périer Peter Schaffer's "Equus", four pieces by Molière (directed by Antoine Vitez), Marguerite Duras's "Navire Night" (which was directed by Claude Régy) etc.

  • He has founded "Musical Mondays of the Athéné" where eminent artists have performed such as Montserrat Caballé (UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), Boris Christoff, Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Joan Sutherland, Jessye Norman, Jose van Dam, Shirley Verret, Jon Vickers and many others

  • He has produced numerous concerts among which are the performance of Philip Glass, John Cage and the spectacle of Ingrid Caven in Au Pigall

  • He supports the work of Robert Wilson world-wide since several years ago, and more recently the literary career of Peter Brook

  • Pierre Bergé was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on 2 July 1993

  • François Mitterrand, the former French President and the Council of Ministers on 31 August 1988 appointed him as the President of the Opera of Paris. He stayed in this function until 1994 when he was awarded the title Honorary President of the National Opera of Paris

  • He is member of Board of Directors of various French and foreign corporations
    Distinctions:

  • Officer of the Orange Order-Nassau
  • Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite
  • Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
  • Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur

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