A Musical Tribute to Debussy and Hazrat Inayat Khan !

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Hailed by the Washington Post as a « young artist displaying maturity and elegance », the french pianist Olivier Moulin was recently on a multi-city tour in India piloted by Alliance Francaise Hyderabad. The young musician is renowned for the intensity and emotional maturity of his performances. Olivier’s prowess can be gleaned from the fact that he was unanimously awarded the first prize with honors at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Lyon where he studied under Eric Heidsieck and Gery Moutier. The maestro struck a chord with his soulful renditions of Debussy and Hazrat Inayat Khan in Chennai (Nov 30), Hyderabad (Dec 2), Bangalore (Dec 4), Goa (Dec 6), Pune (Dec 8), Delhi (Dec 11), and Chandigarh (Dec 13).

Olivier Moulin

Olivier Moulin

Olivier admits to being drawn to music since a young age. His initial influence was his father playing the guitar. Eventually, the village music school made him realize that he felt a special affinity towards the piano. After advanced studies in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Lyon, Olivier continued his training in Austria at the Salzburg Mozarteum in the classes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Clemens Hagen where he obtained a Master of Arts with highest honors. Throughout his studies, he also benefited from the advice of masters such as Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, and Jacques Rouvier amongst others.

Olivier Moulin

Olivier Moulin

First noticed when he won first prize in Radio-France’s Royaume de la Musique competition, Olivier has won innumerable awards till date. He is supported by the Musical Patronage program at the Société Générale bank and the Déclic program at Institut Français which promotes young French musicians abroad. He has performed extensively in major international festivals across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His concerts are regularly broadcast over radio and television in France and abroad. A video of Olivier playing the Prelude Brouillards by Debussy can be found here :

For the India tour, Olivier’s performances lasted for 72 minutes in each city and consisted of carefully chosen pieces across three categories. First, he incorporated pieces which appealed to children including Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, Jimbo’s Lullaby, and Serenade for the Doll. He also played five pieces as a dedication to Hazrat Inayat Khan including The Song of the Dawn, Sakuntala’s Lament, and Sacrifice. Finally, he incorporated Heroic Lullaby and Prelude in the afternoon of a Fauna (transcribed for piano by Léonard Borwick) as an ode to Claude Debussy.

Some extracts from Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Hindoo Songs and Dances can be found here :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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