New Generation Piano Recital - Sélim Mazari
Friday 8 June 2018, 8.30 p.m.
French piano is currently experiencing a new golden age, which has seen the birth of a new generation of adventurous performers. One such performer is Sélim Mazari.
Recognised by ADAMI as Best New Classical Music Performer, trained at the Paris Conservatory, the French pianist, a musical prodigy, has asserted his natural talent. He is keen on the frenetic pace of Scarlatti’s Sonatas, which he wisely brings together with Debussy’s Images. While the French composer was fascinated by the Orient (Descent of the moon upon the temple which used to be), he also drew inspiration from the Baroque reparatory, giving us Tribute to Rameau. Sélim Mazari will present a dual interpretation of Beethoven – with Sonata op. 31 No. 1, composed when he was nearly deaf, and with his penultimate sonata for piano, Sonata op. 110, composed some twenty years later – illustrating clearly the German composer’s progression towards a painful inner struggle.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata n° 16, op.31 n°1
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate N°31 op.110
Images - Book I
Sélim Mazari studied with Brigitte Engerer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, receiving his degree in 2008. He then studied with Claire Désert, obtaining his Master’s degree in June 2013 with honours.
He also received precious guidance from professors and concert artists such as Rena Shereshevskaya, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Avedis Kouyoumdjian during master classes.
He has won numerous competitions, including the Concours International de Piano d'Île de France, the Flame Competition, Piano Campus 2013 (2nd Prize, prizes for Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece and Audience Choice). He won the Jury and Audience prizes from the Geneva Société des Arts in 2014.
Sélim has performed at numerous festivals, both in France and abroad, as a soloist and for concertos for orchestra. A lover of chamber music, he has participated in numerous projects with distinguished musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Henri Demarquette and Olivier Charlier, as well as with Juliette Hurel and Joséphine Olech, with whom he recorded the album Souvenirs de Hongrie.
In 2012, he was recognized as Best New Classical Musician by ADAMI, an award that allowed him to perform at Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, the Chorégies d’Orange and Bouffes du Nord Theatre.
He continued to train for two years with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London and won the first Alain Marinaro Grand Prize at the Collioure International Piano Competition in June 2014. Sélim also won the Safran Prize in October 2014 and has been a laureate of Fondation Banque Populaire since May 2015.
He has continued his training at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna since 2015 with Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
© Thomas Bartel