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Fériel Kaddour


Fériel Kaddour has been trained as both a pianist and a musicologist thanks to the studies she undertook simultaneously at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm), at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Ecole Normale de Musique. Today her time is devoted to concerts (France, Germany, Great-Britain, Italy), teaching and research. She has also published papers and essays dealing with the links between history and interpretation in a variety of literary magazines (Nouvelle Revue Française, Poésie) and with La Dogana editions (Geneva).

Fériel Kaddour studied piano under Victoria Melki and then further perfected her art with Anne Queffélec, Christian Ivaldi and Pascal Devoyon. She owes her training as a musicologist to Isabelle Duha (writing and keyboard harmony) and Rémy Stricker (esthetics). François Le Roux and Noël Lee have also introduced her to vocal accompaniment. She regularly performs in Paris: at the Théâtre du Ranelagh, the Salle Cortot, the Maison de la Radio, the Salle Adyar, and the Musée de l’Orangerie. She has been invited to perform at numerous festivals: Piano en Saintonge (Grands interprètes, nouvelle génération) at the Abbaye de Saintes, Festival des Grands Crus de Bourgogne, Musique à Albas, Musiciennes à Ouessant, Saison Nova Polska, Musique à l’Abbaye, Musiciennes en Guadeloupe, Festival Cantus Formus, Piano City di Napoli. She has also given recitals in Italy (Vérone, Ragusa- Ibla, San Marino, Naples), in Germany (Mainz) and in England (Cambridge, London).

Fériel has a preference for chamber music and regularly performs alongside pianist Juliette Regnaud, with whom she has formed a duet ever since they both received First Prize at the Noyers-sur-Serein contest. Her literary studies and her fondness for vocal repertoire have allowed her to nourish privileged bonds with some of the more prestigious singers of her generation, in particular with mezzo-soprano Caroline Meng. She has also had the opportunity to perform with sopranos Gaëlle Arquez and Johanne Cassar, mezzos Amaya Dominguez and Isabelle Druet, and Swedish contralto Mae Heydorn. She has performed Henri Dutilleux’s complete Melodies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 2009, where she was joined by American baritone Marc Callahan.

Her double trajectory has also led her to the lecture concert. She has enthusiastically participated in the original projects of the Concerts Cantabile and given a series of lecture concerts at the Théâtre du Ranelagh, then the Salle Adyar, in the company of her guests, pianists Geoffroy Couteau and Emmanuelle Swiercz.

Fériel currently teaches musicology at the ENS Ulm. Introducing the public to classical music has become a priority for her and she organizes pedagogical concerts at the school. In this context she has been particularly involved in the cultural projects of the Pôle pour l’Égalité Scolaire et Universitaire, which aims to promote social diversity in higher education. She has thus organized a mentoring program for high-school students from the Parisian suburbs.

She obtained her PhD in 2009. The subject of her dissertation was “The Gesture of the Pianist”. She is currently writing an essay on the same subject to be published in 2015. Her research has been published in different magazines: “Jouer du piano”, in Methodos (November 2011), “Le Geste du pianiste”, in Murmure, (May 2006), “Le geste interprête: à propos du buste d’un pianiste”, in Participer au monde, réflexions sur le geste (Editions Textuel), “Jouer Schubert : l’art du temps faible. Quelques remarques sur un point d’orgue dans la Sonate D960”, in Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique, September 2009.

Fériel can regularly be heard on the air during France Music’s "Atelier des chanteurs", "Matin des musiciens", "Note contre note", and "Lettres intimes". She also made an appearance on French television’s TF1 during a special made for the 8 o’clock news and dedicated to the "Musiciennes à Ouessant" festival. Her performances have been praised by music critics writing for Resmusica, La Dépêche du Midi, Le Monde de la Musique.

This recording, dedicated to the music of the Russian composer Anatoly Alexandrov, is her first.