In 2003, just before entering the Conservatory, he took part in the Nice Summer Academy, where he met Brigitte Engerer, whose abundant charisma and maternal bent deeply influenced the young musician. In 2008, he was admitted unanimously to her class at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique, where she taught him until her untimely death in 2012. He then began studying under Claire Désert, with whom he prepared his Master’s, graduating in superb style in June 2013 while simultaneously guided by Jean-Claude Pennetier at the Académie de Villecroze, Michel Dalberto and Rena Shereshevskaya.
Eager for new musical experiences and personal encounters and yearning to perfect his training abroad, he packed his bags and moved to London, where he embarked on a second Master’s degree at the Royal College under Dmitri Alexeev. London was also the starting point of a new chapter in his life sparked by his meeting Avedis Kouyoumdjian, a wise instructor and friend of Brigitte Engerer, former student of Dieter Weber and Stanislav Neuhaus, who invited him to work with him in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Mr Mezari, with his new mentor, explored the great classical repertoire – Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn – and came fully into his own in a city that reveres music, where he enjoys a veritable cultural feast and regularly attends the opera, his other passion.
Winner of the Concours International d’Ile de France, Piano Campus 2013, the Concours International de Collioure and others, the young pianist has also been recognised by the Société des Arts de Genève.
As a respected chamber musician, he has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Henri Demarquette, Natalia Prischepenko – former violinist with the Artemis Quartet –, Olivier Charlier, flutists Juliette Hurel and Joséphine Olech with whom he recorded the album Souvenirs de Hongrie (1001 Notes collection) and the Quatuor Hermès (at the Théâtre du Vésinet).
Winner of the Prix de la Fondation SAFRAN pour la Musique in 2014, an ADAMI “Révélation” in 2012 – which earned him the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Bouffes du Nord –, he was named as one of France’s Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2018.
The same year, he gave a recital at the Fondation Vuitton and the famed festivals at Sully and La Roque d’Anthéron. He also performed, solo and in duet with Michel Dalberto, in Saint-Paul de Vence at the invitation of the Modigliani Quartet.
Highlights of the upcoming seasons include: two-piano concerts with Michel Dalberto, chamber music in duets with cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière, violinist Raphaëlle Moreau and with the Quatuor Hermès, and recitals (Grange de Meslay, Piano à Lyon, the Festival de Biot, Les Grands Interprètes in Périgueux, Chopin Festival in Nohant, La Roque d’Anthéron, the Radio France Auditorium as part of an full interpretation of Beethoven’s sonatas, etc.).
In June 2019, at Lyon’s Salle Molière, he recorded his first CD devoted to Beethoven’s Variations (including those of the fearsome Eroica) for the Mirare label.
“Sélim Mazari throws open the doors to a dream world with a technique steeped in sheer mastery and acoustic science.” These were the words used by music critic Alain Lompech in describing the young pianist’s performances of Debussy’s Images during his recital at the Fondation Vuitton (June 2018).