Immersed in music since his youngest age, Alexis Gournel very rapidly found a passion for the piano. Musician with multiple facets, he regularly performs as a soloist, exploring the various jewels of the piano repertoire. Also very active in contemporary music, Alexis has had the opportunity to work with composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Nicolas Bacri as well as Tristan Murail during the festival "Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui".
Chamber music occupies a very important place in his life. In 2014, he founded with violinist Camille Fonteneau and cellist Raphaël Jouan the Trio Hélios. Alexis also shares a musical affinity with saxophone player Antonio Garcia Jorge. Their album entitled « La Follia Nuova » was released by IBS Classical.
Born in Normandie, he began his musical studies at the Conservatoire of Caen in Emmanuelle Jeannenez's class. He then pursued his studies at the Conservatoire of Saint-Maur with Fernando Rossano, before benefiting from Hortense Cartier-Bresson's pedagogy at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. As a Master's degree graduate in piano, he regularly receives counseling from Zhu Xiao-Mei, Bruno Rigutto, François-René Duchâble and Pascal Devoyon during masterclasses.
His passion for pedagogy has led him to receive the highest teaching diplomas in France (DE and CA). He is currently teaching at the Conservatoire of Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, after having taught at conservatoires in Caen and in Paris, as well as during Festival-Académie of the Côte de Nacre.
Alexis has performed in prestigious halls (Salle Cortot, Philharmonie de Paris) as well as in numerous festivals such as the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents, La Folle Journée de Nantes, La Folle Journée de Tokyo, La Folle Journée de Varsovie, le Festival des Arcs, Festival d’Auvers sur Oise, Festival International de piano de la Roque d’Anthéron, les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian…