Jean-Claude Pennetier has been been described as "breath-taking", "magnificent", "captivating" and is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary pianists. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Staatskapelle in Dresden to the English Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the NHK in Tokyo, the Orchestre de la Radio in Lugano, the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. He has also given guest performances at a series of high-profile events and venues: the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Salle Pleyel, the Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, Lille Piano Festival, Chopin à Bagatelle, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, the George Enescu Festival, Seattle Festival, 'Nuits de Moscou', ‘’La Folle Journée’’ in Nantes, Tokyo, Bilbao and Warsaw.
Jean-Claude Pennetier performs regularly in the States and Canada. His Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy albums produced by Lyrinx have met with the highest of accolades from the music media. His recent recordings include albums with Michel Portal and the Ysaÿe Quartet. 2009 saw the release of the first volume of his opus dedicated to solo piano by Gabriel Fauré. In 2013, Jean-Claude Pennetier recorded solo piano works and ‘’Via Crucis’’ by Liszt. All three of his albums have been awarded a Diapason d’Or. The second volume of his Fauré opus was released in 2012, and 2015 saw the release of the third volume, all on the Mirare label.