Jean Perrin was born in Lausanne. He died there on the 24th of September 1989, the day before the premiere of his String Quartet.
After simultaneous musical and literary studies, he obtained a concert diploma for piano at the Lausanne Conservatory in 1942 and a university degree three years later.
He studied piano with Geneviève André and Charles Lassueur, and completed his training with Franz-Josef Hirt in Berne, Edwin Fischer in Lucerne and, from 1947 to 48 with Yves Nat in Paris, where he was able to study with Nadia Boulanger and Darius Milhaud. Later in Geneva he benefited from André-François Marescotti's advice in matters of orchestration.
A professor at the Conservatories of Lausanne and Sion, Jean Perrin introduced generations of piano students to the greatness, balance and spirituality of the classical masters. At the same time he pursued a career as music critic and musicologist, and for over twenty years wrote the programme notes for the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
As a composer, he won acclaim in a variety of genres; featuring some 60 numbers, his catalogue of works includes pieces for orchestra, for solo piano, concerti, oratorios, choral and vocal works and much chamber music.