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

Described by the New York Times as ‘an uncommonly poetic musician’, in 2018 Jean-Sélim became one of only two pianists to join the Sir András Schiff programme at the Kronberg Academy.  Not only is he a fine pianist with great sensitivity and imagination, he is recognised as an important voice in the world of composition.  

This season Jean-Sélim gives recitals at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall as soloist and chamber musician. He makes his debut in the Nottingham International Piano Series and in May 2020 pianist Roman Rabinovich performs a work by him at 92nd Street Y in New York.

Highlights over the last year include recitals and chamber music at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, Lofoten Festival in Norway, Chamber Music Connects the World at Kronberg Academy, Perth Concert Hall, Saffron Hall, Lavaux Classics and Les Jardins Musicaux in Switzerland.  He recorded and gave recitals with cellist Anastasia Kobekina for Radio 3 and premiered his own music at Wigmore Hall.

As part of Sir András Schiff’s Building Bridges concert series Jean-Sélim has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including the Tonhalle Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Weimar Pfingst Festival, Schumannfest Düsseldorf, the Sendesaal (Bremen), Lucerne and Trasimeno Festivals.  Further afield he made his debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and 92nd Street Y in New York. A committed chamber musician Jean-Selim has attended IMS Prussia Cove, and in 2016 won the Premi de Música de Cambra Montserrat Alavedra ensemble award.

 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. 

Born in Switzerland, Jean-Sélim studied piano and composition at the Lausanne Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He held the Rebanks Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. In 2018 he won the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize and in 2019 a Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation award in Switzerland.  He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2017.

During his studies Jean-Sélim won numerous awards, both as pianist and composer, including 1st Prize at the 2013 Lausanne Concours d’interpretation musicale, 1st Prize at the 2012 Grieg Composer Competition in Oslo and 3rd Prize in the 2015 Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius.

He was awarded the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Wigmore Hall Prize in 2015, a Tillett Trust award in 2014, and has taken part in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Sir András Schiff, Dénes Vérjon, Mitsuko Uchida, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Richard Goode and Leon Fleisher. He is grateful for advice on composition from George Benjamin and Heinz Holliger.

Jean-Sélim is 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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