Author of 75 works, Ch. Sirodeau became a Prize winner of the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (song category, 2002), and of the Reinl International Competition in Vienna (String Quartet category, 2003, for "Aurora per Diotima"). Following the Salzburg competition, his song "L'étoile" on verses by Rimbaud was published by Universal Edition in Vienna.
"Musique Vespérale pour Elsa" (Sumphônia for violoncello and orchestra) was premiered on 19 May 2004 with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia (Finland), under the direction of Leif Segerstam with Pia Segerstam as cello soloist. The second version of 2005 was played at the Corum Center, Montpellier (France), by the National Orchestra of Montpellier with the same conductor and soloist on 24 and 26 March 2006 (and was broadcast in May 2006 by Radio France /France-Musique).
"Obscur Chemin des étoiles" (Nocturnal -Fantasy for piano), dedicated to his friend Jonathan Powell, was first performed (by Powell) in London on October 24, 2004. Powell also premiered "Cenotaphe" for piano in Moscow and "Jeux d'Ombres" for violin and piano (London) in 2005.
"La recherche de l'Absolu" (the 3rd String Quartet), was first performed in Autumn 2005 in Nürnberg and Würzburg (Germany) by the Novalis String Quartet and translated by Bavarian Radio.
The 'premiere' of "Nostalgie
du futur" for violin and piano was offered at
L'Archipel, Paris the 4th of December, 2008, (Eiichi Chijiiwa,
violin) and "Portraits secrets" at the Schott
Recital room in London, in April 2010. In 2011, the same day
- 22nd of May - 2 pieces were premiered: "Cenotaphe II"
(Hommage to Mahler) for brass quintet in Lodève (France),
and "Confessions" (on verses by Yeats) for Mezzo-soprano
and electronic by the Greek singer Angelika Cathariou in Modena
(Italia). In January 2012, the 'Ephéméride musicale'
for piano was premiered in Montpellier, and in the same city
(March 11th), L'Agneau
Mystique des frères Van Eyck' (7th 'Sumphônia)
was premièred by the American conductor Robert Tuohy and
the Montpellier National Orchestra. More recently, in the same
town, "...de l'azur et des pierres - Mallarmé",
for violin, percussions and electronic, was premiered in January
2014, few month after another premiere: "Rituels"
for cello and piano in Malmö (Sweden).
"Le souvenir" for voice & piano was premiered the 21st of August, 2018 in Mikkeli/Finland by Laura Laura Nykänen & the composer at the piano and laterly "...Un autre chemin..." was premiered in Biel/Bienne (CH) under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder the 5th of September, 2019. An important part of his cycle inspired by the 10 Elegies of Rilke (Sumphônia X), for chamber ensemble and actor was commissionned by and premiered at the Festival KunstPassagen in Menden (Germany), the 6th of September, 2020.
Other compositions have been played by well-known performers including the violonist Hannele Angervo-Segerstam, the mezzo-soprano Riitta-Maija Ahonen, and pianist Nikolaos Samaltanos. Ch. Sirodeau started to compose at the age of 11; in the 1990s he sought some advice from the musicologist Vladimir Chinayev and the composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Also influential was Alain Poirier's analysis course at Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (1993-95).
The composer on CD:
"Obscur chemin des étoiles" published by
Other pieces on this CD: Musique vespérale pour Elsa, Cenotaphe, Artificial horizon, Arlequins en rouge et blanc, Jeux d'ombres and Esquisse pour Adramandoni
chez Capriccio (Récital de Christian Miedl) "L'étoile"
chez Pavlikrecords (Récital de Milan Pala) "Laudi"
Main works already played:
"Rilke - Elegien / Sumphônia X" - for oboe,
clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello &
piano with actor / n.1, 3, 6, 10: 2020
(published by Verlag Traugott Bautz)
Various articles by Hans C. Günther, Etienne Barilier, including two topics by Ch. Sirodeau (about music in the works of Etienne Barilier, and about the musical paths through rarely performed repertory as a pianist)
Dedicated to Christophe Sirodeau, with an article by Etienne Barilier about him, and various texts by Nicolo Figowy, Hans-Ch. Günther, Anna Zassimova, etc...)
As a pianist, Sirodeau is principally a pupil of Evgeny Malinin (from 1982 to 1992) with whom he studied in both France and Russia, laterly at the Moscow Conservatoire (on a state scholarship, 1989-92). Among his others teachers were Alberto Neuman (a disciple of Benedetti Michelangeli), Thérèse Dussaut, Olga Lartshenko and Dora Rybac.
Ch. Sirodeau has recorded the complete piano works by Viktor Ullmann, published in 2014 in Sweden by Bis Records. This recording was widely praised by the international critics (in the Guardian, in Musicweb international, International record review, and in few other web sites, like Resmusica ['Gold Key of the year 2014'], by France Culture, in Diapason (5 stars), Fono-forum, Gramophone, etc....), while some extracts were broadcast by several radios (BBC, France- Musique, Radio Suisse romande, Radio Bremen, etc...).
Sirodeau is known for his broad tastes and his curiosity
for rarely heard scores from past and present both in concert,
in the recording studio and for the radio (Ullmann, Feinberg,
Winterberg, Smit, Skalkottas, Kapralova, Suk, Lourié,
Roslavets, Mompou, Bridge, Reger...). He has appeared as soloist
Segerstam's baton) with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,
Norway Radio Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, and the
Belgrade Philharmonic. In chamber music he is the partner of
the Japanese violonist Eiichi
Chijiiwa (one of the leaders of the Orchestre de Paris),
of the cellist Pia Segerstam
and was playing with the percussions ensemble Symbléma
(Marseille), the soloists from the Montpellier National Orchestra
and also with the pianist Anna
Zassimova (his regular partner in piano duet or 4 hands),
and also with the pianists Jonathan
Powell & Nikolaos
Samaltanos, the actor Timothée Laine, and for "lieder-abend"
mainly with the mezzo-sopranos Riitta-Maija Ahonen & Laura
Laura Nykänen and the bass Sami Luttinen (of course, he
has appeared also in numerous solo recitals).
His previous recordings of music by Feinberg (the complete sonatas in alternate collaboration with Samaltanos) and Skalkottas for BIS were also widely praised in the international press before. The first volume of Feinberg was named 'disc of the month' in May 2004 by Music Web International (where Colin Clarke wrote about the 6th Sonata: "The performance (Sirodeau) is miraculous"). Similar accolades followed in "ClassicsToday.com", in the BBC Music Magazine (both volumes), Klassik-Heute, Fanfare (in "The Want List"), and for his recording of Skalkottas' Chamber Concerto (also with Samaltanos), in both Gramophone and in Classica-Répertoire (France, winning the "Recommandé"). The Feinberg series was followed by two world premiere recordings for Altarus (USA), with the 1st piano Concerto and a Lieder recital.
Legends / From the Bohemian Forest for piano 4 hands
Feinberg: Songs (world premiere recording): Incantation op.4, No.1 / Once more I'm silent at your feet &SHY; Snowy Night op.7, No.2 / In Youthful Indolence op.7, No.3 / My Beloved op.16, No.2 / Three Springs op.26, No.5 / The Burned Letter op.26, No.7 / The Imprisoned Knight op.28, No.2 / The Dream op.28, No.3 / Hebrew Melody op.28, No.4 / The River Sprite op.28, No.5 / No, it's not you I love so hotly op.28, No.6 / Onto the Highway, on my own, I walk op.28, No.7 / Maritsa, op.47 / We're living in a story op.14, No.1 / Beyond the distant mountains she grew up op.14, No.2 / Sapho / When... The Voice of Wind op.14, No.4 / In vain I hasten onto the heights of Sion [op.16, No.3] / Hebrew Melody [op.27] / Evil
Altarus Records, Inc./USA - 2009
Feinberg: 1st piano Concerto op.20* (world premiere recording*) and piano pieces, published by
Altarus Records, Inc./USA - 2008
other pieces on this CD: Fantasia No.2, op.9 in E minor* / Etude op.11 No.1 in Eb major / Prelude op.8 No.2 in A minor / Prelude op.8 No.4 in Eb major / Etude op.11 No.4 in F minor / 3 Preludes op.15 / Berceuse op.19a / The Dream (from op.28) op.posth* / Album for Children op.posth*
Samuil Feinberg: 12 Sonatas for piano [2 volumes] / Nikos Skalkottas: Chamber Concerto/ Leif Segerstam: Chamber music
(Bis Records /Sweden 2003-04 & 1996)
Skalkottas "Ulysse's Return"
(Agora /Italy - 1995) -
"XXth Century Russian Piano music" : Scriabin, Roslavets, Lourié, Feinberg (Arkadia / Italy - 1994)