Christophe Sirodeau

Composer & Pianist

 

to the French version please click here


 

updated April 2021
 
   

composer

contact: christophe@christophesirodeau.com

pianist

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).
New premiere was featuring Milan Pala in a 2016 recording of "Laudi"(a version for his 'milanolo', a 5 strings violin).

"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
Altarus Records, Inc./USA - 2007

AIR-CD-9035

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
"...Un autre chemin..." - for flute, clarinet, violoncello & vibraphone (with Tam-tam) - 2019
"Le souvenir" for voice & piano on verses by Pierre Louÿs - 2006/2018
"...de l'azur et des pierres - Mallarmé", for violin, percussions and electronic - 2014
"Rituels" - for cello and piano - 2013
"Adramandoni" for flute and electro-acoustic sounds - 2012
"L'agneau Mystique des frères Van Eyck" - Sumphônia VII for orchestra - 2007/11
"Confessions" for mezzo-soprano & electro-acoustic sounds on verses by Yeats - 2011
"Nostalgie du Futur" (Labyrinthe de couleur) for violin & piano - 2008
"La recherche de l'Absolu" for string quartet (n.3) - 2004-05
"Obscur chemin des étoiles" (Nocturnal-Fantasy for piano) - 2004
"Musique vespérale pour Elsa" for cello and orchestra - 2003/2006
"Jeux d'ombres" for violin & piano,
"Vers ton Ombre" et "Aurora per Diotima" for string quartet (n.1 & 2) - 2001 & 2002
"Florales: 9 Instantanés" 1998/2004/2012 & "Cenotaphe I" for piano - 2000
"Alba" for organ - 2001
"Fil d'Ariane" for piano - 1997


BOOKS

(published by Verlag Traugott Bautz)

Perspectives on music

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)

Music of our Times

Dedicated to Christophe Sirodeau, with an article by Etienne Barilier about him, and various texts by Nicolo Figowy, Hans-Ch. Günther, Anna Zassimova, etc...)

Links:

some Press extracts here

about some of his works (in French) - with a catalogue and few pages from scores

Audio extracts of his music

Some other audio extracts as a pianist

Videos youtube (pianist)

Videos youtube (composer)

pianistic repertory

Thoughts on music (in French)

Christophe Sirodeau photo gallery

to the web site of the Feinberg-Skalkottas Society

My family

Details about the new CDs published by Altarus

www.altarusrecords.com


Dvorak - Legends From the Bohemian forest (April 2021)

Brahms - Intermezzi

Music for our times (book dedicated to Sirodeau)

Intersection 1955

Skalkottas

L'etoile

The lost works

Musique de chambre avec Pia Segerstam

Perspectives on music (book)

 

http://www.pavlikrecords.sk/

shop/milanolo-milan-pala-cd-audio

www.bis.se

www.altarusrecords.com

Phono Suecia

Arkadia

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 (under Leif 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).
'Perspectives on music', dedicated to Etienne Barilier, a large multilingual book published in Germany by Verlag Traugott Bautz, for which Sirodeau wrote one third of the contents, was just released in October 2017. The lost works, the long awaited recording of the posthumous 1st Violin Sonata by Feinberg as well as pieces by Winterberg, was published by Melism as world premiere in 2019. The return of Odysseus by Skalkottas for 2 piano was republished in a partly new editing also by Melism in 2019 while two others publications took place in 2020: a participation in a recording of to rare pieces for two pianos by Theodorakis and Christou in the album Intersection 1955 and also a recital of Brahms' Intermezzi - these cds were once more chronicled very enthusiastically by the critics. In April 2021 is issued a new album featuring two rarely heard scores for piano 4 hands by Dvorak together with the pianist Anna Zassimova, once again for the label Melism.

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.


The pianist on CD :

Dvorak: Legends / From the Bohemian Forest for piano 4 hands
with Anna Zassimova


Brahms: 14 Intermezzi
des op.76, 116, 117, 118, 119
Intersection 1955:
Theodorakis: Les passacailles
Christou Prelude & Fugue for 2 pianos
with Nikolaos Samaltanos
Skalkottas: The return of Odysseus for 2 pianos with Nikolaos Samaltanos


The lost works
Feinberg: Violin Sonata n.1 op.12 (posth.), Fantasia n.1 (original version), Suite n.1
Winterberg: Piano Sonata n.1 (1936), Suite 1945 (Theresienstadt)


"A piacere" / Chamber music with Pia Segerstam:
BRAHMS, Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 BRIDGE, Cello Sonata in D minor BUSONI, Kultaselle (10 Short Variations on a Finnish Folksong) ENESCU, Cello Sonata No. 2 LISZT, Complete Works for Cello and Piano WEBERN, Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11 WEBERN, Stück No. 2 · Nächtliche Scheu · Erwachen aus dem tiefsten Traumesschosse
(on Melism 003-004-005)


Viktor Ullmann: Complete piano music (7 Sonatas and Variations) BIS 2116 [double-cd]
www.bis.se


Feinberg: Songs (world premiere recording): Incantation op.4, No.1 / Once more I'm silent at your feet ­ 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

AIR-CD-9038

Feinberg: 1st piano Concerto op.20* (world premiere recording*) and piano pieces, published by

Altarus Records, Inc./USA - 2008

AIR-CD-9034

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*


Victoria Borisova-Ollas: The Triumph of Heaven - CD Phono Suecia 171 [2008] (playing "Im Klosterhofe" for cello, piano and tape; with Pia Segerstam)



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)