Duo Félicien Brut & Édouard Macarez
Félicien Brut accordion
Édouard Macarez double bass
Félicien Brut is currently considered to be one of the most innovative and eclectic French accordion players of his generation. Not afraid to play classical and popular music, to improvise and to compose, playing original works and the most surprising of transcriptions. The artist puts in tremendous effort to present to the world a full spectrum of sounds hidden within this young instrument. Félicien Brut was born in Auvergne, region with very strong folk music traditions, considered to be a cradle of French accordion playing. Félicien began to play the instrument at a very young age, intially focusing on popular music, traditionally associated with the history of the accordion. In 1996 he commenced studies at the Centre National et International de Musique et Accordéon with Jacques Mornet, where thanks to extensive contact with many accordion players from France and abroad he soon discovered swing, classical and contemporary music. Quickly he determined himself to be a versatile musician, ready to draw on any style and repertoire. In 2007 he achieved spectacular success in winning the three most important international accordion competitions: in Klingenthal (Germany), Castelfidardo (Italy) and Samara (Russia). These victories opened the door to appearances at international festivals in Russia, Italy, Norway, Finland, Portugal and Serbia. In 2014 Félicien Brut formed Trio Astoria, playing tango nuevo as created by Astor Piazzolla. The ensemble’s first album titled “Soledad del Escualo” was released in 2016. That year the artist formed the Enigma duet, in which a violin and accordion have the opportunity to co-exist in repertoire free of any stylistic and temporal limitations. Starting in 2017 the artist, together with the Hermès Quartet and double bassist Édouard Macarez formed an extraordinary music project under the name “Le Pari des Bretelles”. Its aim is to create repertoire which harmoniously combines the popular traditions of the accordion with classical music.
Félicien Brut plays a Bayan Selecta accordion manufactured by Bugari. The instrument is tuned and maintained by Stéphanie Simon. He also uses a “Super Prodige” model manufactured by Piermaria.
Édouard Macarez began to play the double bass in the Conservatory in Douai in the class of Jean-Loup Dehant. In 2006 he contineud his education in the Paris Conservatory under the tutelage of Thierry Barbé. He graduated in 2009 with a unanimously awarded first prize. He then studied in Germany with Niek de Groet, a former soloist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Édouard Macarez is a laureate of many national and international competitions. He won the 1st prize in competitions held by the French Double Bass Society for three years in a row (2003, 2004, 2005). He was also victorious in the Concours de cordes d’Épernay (2006), in the “Paris Bass 2008” international competition and in the “Scottish International Competition” in Glasgow (2009). The artist has appeared many times in recitals in Paris, in the auditorium of Royal College in Glasgow, as well as in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Essen. He performed as soloist with the Royal College Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow and with the Baltic Chamber Orchestra. At the age of 19, fascinated by the profession of an orchestral musician, Édouard joined the Orchestre National de Lille and three years later he was employed as soloist in the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.