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Pascal Contet

Nominated for the Jazz Award 2007 /
Cat.Artist/formation of the year

  He has also received many awards from foundations (Vocation 89 - President’s Promotion, DAAD, Lavoisier, Menuhin, Cziffra).  In 1994, Contet created the concerto for accordion dedicated to him by Jean Françaix.  In 1995 he founded Trio Allers-Retours with violinist  Noëmi Schindler and cellist Christophe Roy le - a testimony to his liking for chamber music: his album with double basse player  Joëlle Léandre (CD Grave/ Concorde/ Média 7 ref: CDGR 1) will be remembered by all. 
Considered by international critics to be one of the principal players in the renaissance of the accordion in France, Pascal Contet has not only constructed a new repertoire  (with works by Ballif, Bussotti, Cavanna, Drouet, Fénelon, Globokar, Rebotier among others) but breaks through artistic boundaries , covering improvised and theatrical music (Jean- Pierre Drouet, Andy Emler, Vinko Globokar, Jacques Rebotier) and participating in choreographed productions (Stéphanie Aubin, Jean- Claude Gallotta, Angelin Preljocaj, Loic Tousé and Emmanuelle Huyhn).  Frequently a guest of ensembles and symphony orchestras, he has played under such great conductors as Pierre Boulez, Diego Masson, Pascal Rophé and Philippe Nahon.
CV de Pascal
‘Contet: one of the best defenders of the accordion in  France'
‘Magic Moments: Contet, one of today’s most surprising accordionists’
Sud Ouest
A great artistic intelligence ‘
Le Monde de la Musique
Exceptional virtuosity and understanding between the two musicians’
Diapason (on the Contet/ Léandre CD )
‘ Beauty : the accordion has never been so perfect in its expression’
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For further information contact Pascal Contet at: pascalcontet@wanadoo.fr
Internet: monsite.wanadoo.fr/expo.contet/


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