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Édouard FERLET - Piano, composition, jazz

He began playing piano at the age of 7 and studied classical music at the Conservatoire de Paris. In the late eighties, he moved  to Boston, US, and studied piano under renowned teachers: Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Ray Santisi, Ed Bedner. In  1992, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and was awarded the Berklee jazz performance  award.
Back in France, he worked as a composer for a variety of TV programs and gained a sound experience in the field thanks to the  diversity of the commissions he had to face. He recorded two albums under his name: Escale and Zazimut featuring key  artists of the new European jazz generation: Médéric Collignon, Christophe Monniot, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Claus Stotter,  Francois Verly, Gary Brunton.
In 2000, he met the bassist Jean-Philippe Viret with whom he recorded 7 albums in 17 years (Considerations,
Etant Donnes, L’Indicible,  Autrement dit,  Le temps qu’il faut, Pour, L'ineffable), as well as a DVD and a CD distributed exclusively in Japan. In a few years, this  trio was awarded for the Django d'or, les Victoires de la Musique (French Grammy  Awards) and obtained great critiques in the media. At the same time, he continued to play with singers from  various backgrounds: Mark Murphy in Jazz, Manda Djin in Gospel, Geoffrey Oryema in World Music and Lambert Wilson  in cabaret. He successfully conducted the musical direction for Julia Migenes' show Alter Ego. This allowed him to  tour all over the world: China, Canada, Germany, Spain, France. He received praise for his sensitivity and his  artistic commitment during musical interludes.
In 2006, he created his own compagny and jazz label, Melisse which support Ferlets and other innovative jazzmen's works.
In 2012, his album Think Bach, a first incursion into the world of the Cantor, was a total success  : from Télérama (ffff) to jazz Magazine, everyone was charmed by his approach and the quality of his piano (incredibly well turned out and beautiful, wrote Stéphane Friédérich in Pianiste)...
Unclassifiable and unpredictable, as he defines himself, the pianist-composer is in the habit of combining jazz with the most varied forms  : classical music, theatre, film scores, performances and musical readings with authors such as Nancy Huston...


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