Jean-Claude Amiot (born 18 October 1939 in Vichy) is a French composer, music professor and conductor.Amiot studied at Music conservatory in Le Mans as a violinist, later taking piano lessons. From 1955 he studied in Lyon with César Geoffray. From 1963 he attended the Scola Cantorum in Paris under Edmond Pendelton. In 1964 Amiot moved to New York City where he worked with Dimitris Mitropoulos. In the United States he met Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski who encouraged him to pursue his career in music.On returning to France in 1968, Amiot became director of the Mâcon branch of the Ecole Nationale de Musique, and, from 1983, director of the Conservatoire national de région of Clermont-Ferrand, a post held until his retirement in 2000.