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Founded in 2011, the duo Sylvie Reynaert and Emmanuel Séjourné (both professors at Strasbourg Conservatory and Strasbourg Superior Music Academy) communicate energy and passion, through an eclectic and virtuoso repertoire. At the crossroads of different styles: popular music (tango), original compositions, surprising arrangements of classical music, the duo has quickly developed an important reputation internationally, performing in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Denmark, Bulgaria, Turquie, Brasil, China, Korea, Japan & Australia… Alternating duet programs and double concertos with orchestra composed by Emmanuel Séjourné, sometimes melodists, sometimes rhythmic, the two musicians use all the facets of their surprising instruments: Vibraphone and Marimba.
After studying at CNSM Lyon, Sylvie Reynaert won several chamber music awards with the duo pianisticks. -prize at the European Chamber Music Competition of the FNAPEC, -special prize at the UFAM International Chamber Music Competition. In addition to her teaching activities, she regularly works with composers, improvisers, dancers (Carolyn Carlson National Choreographic Center), and improvised concerts with the painter Mathias Duhamel. She records as a leader, a CD where she takes the themes of West Side Story by Leonard Berstein, improvising vibraphone accompanied by cello, piano, and drums. She regularly plays with the contemporary ensemble “Accroche-Note”. She is Principal Professor of Department Percussion at the Strasbourg Conservatory and also composes educational pieces (Dahlmann Publications and Billaudot Editions).
Emmanuel Séjourné is a musician of international renown who leads a triple career as a composer, percussionist, and teacher. His career ranges from classical music to improvised music. He has been awarded prizes for Best Music for Drama at the Festival d’Avignon, the Prix de l’Academie du Disque Français, as well as the Repertoire Prize, awarded by the French Music Publishers, for his composition “Khamsin”.
The percussionist Aurélien Gignoux wins the Victoires de la Musique 2021 by playing Attraction by E.Séjourné. His music is rythmic, romantic, energetic, inspired both by the Western classical tradition and by popular culture (jazz, rock, extra-Européan) Many orchestras include his music in their repertoire : Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, RadioSinfonieOrchester Stuttgart, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Croatian Radio Television Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata de Bourgogne, Sofia Soloists, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, de Cannes, Nice, Pau, Mulhouse, Bochumer Symphoniker, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester, Paris Brassband, as numerous additional ensemble.
Acclaimed by members of the percussion community, his works have been commissioned and recorded by many artists including Bogdan Bacanu et Wave Quartet (Genuin Classics 2016), Christoph Sietzen (Genuin Classics 2017) Alexej Gerassimez (Genuin Classics 2012) Gary Cook, Ju-Percussion group, Nancy Zeltsman, Marta Klimasara, Katarzyna Mycka.
His Concertos for percussion are a great success, whether for Vibra and strings (1999) as his double-concerto for Vibra, marimba & symphonic orchestra played since its creation in 2012 in Bulgaria, then in China, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Turkey, Latvia, Korea, and France. His concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, commissioned and performed by Bogdan Bacanu, has since 2005 become a major work of the marimba repertoire, played more than 600 times with orchestra.
Far from being limited to the world of percussion Emmanuel Séjourné also composed many pieces for symphonic orchestra (Ketsana) as well as chamber music (commissioned by the Paris Opera and the Contrastes duet) as well as pieces for choir (commissioned by INECC European Institut for Choir). Fascinated with the relations between various forms of artistic expression, he writes music for theater and television. He composed the music for the Ballet du Rhin’s performance « les envahisseurs », played during the two thousandth anniversary of the city of Strasbourg, and in 2004, he wrote a musical comedy « School Boulevard » commissioned by National Theater Luxembourg. In tribute to his many activities, he is named « DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA » (2019) by the National Academy of Music of Bulgaria