“...a Swiss pianist who has every chance of becoming a great of his instrument.” www.elpais.com/culture / Lofoten Festival Norway 2019

Jean-Selim AbdelmoulaA gifted pianist and composer, Jean-Sélim currently studies with Sir András Schiff at the Kronberg Academy, and with Jörg Widmann at the Barenboim-Said Academy. He was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions in 2017.

Over the last year Jean-Selim has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, and taken part in the Lockenhaus and Lofoten Festivals. He collaborated with Stephen Waarts at Schloss Elmau, recorded with Anastasia Kobekina for BBC Radio 3, composed a new solo piano work for Francesco Piemontesi, and created three video projects.

This season highlights include a return visit to the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and recitals at the Haus der Kultur series in Freiburg and Berlin Konzerthaus.

Jean-Sélim has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Tonhalle Zurich, Lucerne Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Dusseldorf Schumannfest, Lavaux Classics, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, the Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Sendesaal (Bremen) and the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), among many others.

 He has given recitals as part of the Building Bridges series at the invitation of it’s creator Sir András Schiff, taken part in IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World, the Banff Artist in Residence Programme, and held the Rebanks Family Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

A hugely talented composer, Jean-Selim’s works have been performed by Heinz Holliger, Antje Weithaas, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sylvia Nopper, Gilles Colliard and Einar Steen-Nokleberg, and by ensembles including the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, Swiss Chamber Soloists, Camerata Bern, Zürcher Kammerorchester and Ensemble Sequence.  

An interest in cinema has led him to collaborate with several directors, writing the soundtrack for Love After Sunrise by Hadi Ghandour, which won prizes at the LA International New Wave Festival and Norwich Festival in 2011.

Jean-Selim has won numerous awards including first prize at the 2012 Edvard Grieg International Composer Competition in Oslo, 2013 Lausanne Concours d'Interprétation Musicale and 2016 Premi de Musica de Cambra Montserrat Alavedra, 3rd prize at the 2015 Ciurlionis International Competition in Vilnius, the 2015 Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize in London and the 2018 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award in Boston.

Born in Switzerland, Jean-Sélim is an alumni of Lausanne HEMU and Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with pianists Christian Favre and Ronan O'Hora and composer Julian Anderson.

He has played in masterclasses with Gyorgy Kurtag, Ferenc Rados, Sir Andras Schiff, Denes Varjon, Mitsuko Uchida, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Richard Goode and Leon Fleisher, and been advised on composition by Heinz Holliger and George Benjamin.

Jean-Sélim has been supported by the Leenards Foundation, the city of Nyon, the Fritz Bach foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Denereaz foundation.

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Press reviews

Not only is Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula a fine pianist with great sensitivity and imagination, he’s also a major talent in composition. When he plays Bach, Chopin and Schubert, he does it with a composer’s understanding.

Sir András Schiff

… A formidable pianist … The Andante [of Schubert’s Sonata in B Flat] had tragedy and consolation with warm confidence at its centre. With faultless articulation the spinning Scherzo was repose and delight.

The Courier Perth / Perth Concert Hall / September 2017


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