“...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 studied 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-Sélim has given recitals at LuganoMusica, Musikdorf-Ernen (Switzerland) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. He composed a new solo piano piece for Francesco Piemontesi, a short string quartet for the Lockenhaus Festival and created three video projects.

An avid chamber musician he took part in Lavaux Classics, Lucerne Orchesterhaus, the Gstaad Menuhin Festiva and, Der Zwerg Festivals collaborating with Anastasia Kobekina, Valery Sokolov, Sindy Mohamed and Stephen Waarts.

This season highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall (broadcast by BBC Radio 3) and the Palais des Beaux-Arts with Anastasia Kobekina, a performance of Korngold’s Piano Quintet with the Viani Quartet in Heidelberger-Frühling’s Kammermusik Plus series, and concerts with Ivan Karizna in Kronberg. He gives solo recitals at the Lammermuir Festival (Scotland), Biel Salle de Loge and the Theatre Grand-Champs in Gland (Switzerland) and records the complete piano music by Janačék for Delphian.

Jean-Sélim has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Tonhalle Zurich, Lucerne Festival, Lofoten Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Dusseldorf Schumannfest, 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-Sélim’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. J

ean-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

… ...his masterful Schubert interpretation - he will be remembered for a long time to come.

KREIS / Wettenberg Winterkonzerte / March 2020


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