In 2016 Jean-Sélim was invited by Sir András Schiff to give solo recitals at major venues in Europe and the USA as part of his Building Bridges concert series, supporting new talents.
In 2016 Jean-Sélim was invited by Sir András Schiff to give solo recitals at major venues in Europe and the USA as part of his Building Bridges concert series, supporting new talents. Highlights included recitals at the Tonhalle Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Weimar Pfingst Festival, Schumannfest Düsseldorf and the Buttenwieser Hall, 92Y Art Center in New York.
Born in Switzerland in 1991, Jean-Sélim studied with Christian Favre at the Lausanne Conservatoire, and with Ronan O’Hora and Julian Anderson (composition) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2016 with Distinction. During 2014/15 he held the Rebanks Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
Jean-Sélim has performed widely in Europe, highlights including appearing at Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música (Barcelona), the Sendesaal (Bremen), Lucerne Festival, Lavaux Classics, Rolston Hall (Banff), Trasimeno Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2016 he made his debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York and in 2017 was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
As a composer his 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.
A committed chamber musician, Jean-Sélim has attended IMS Prussia Cove, undertaken a residency in Banff, and in 2016 won the Premi de Música de Cambra Montserrat Alavedra ensemble award.
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 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.
“An uncommonly poetic musician”
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“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.”
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