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Élodie Soulard


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Élodie Soulard began learning the accordion at a very young age in the Clermont-Ferrand region. She continued her education in Max Bonnay’s class at the Conservatoire in the XII arrondissement in Paris and went on to perfect her skills at the CNSMD de Paris, where she obtained her Premier Prix with distinction in June 2010. She was then accepted in post-graduate studies under the direction of famous pianist and conductor Jean-François Heisser. In parallel, she honed her skills under the tutelage of many masters, including the eminent Russian concert pianist Yuri Shishkin. Supported by Safran Foundation, Élodie Soulard is often invited as soloist and performs on all the major stages in the world such as the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel, the Cité de la musique, the Seoul Arts Center, the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, the Festival de l’Empéri, the Rostov State Philharmonic in Russia and the Shanghai Concert Hall. Her interpretative talent is unanimously appreciated both in repertoire ranging from transcriptions of works from Bach to Ligeti and in original contemporary works for accordion written especially for her by Kusyakov, Gubaidulina or Lindberg, among others. Élodie Soulard often performs as a chamber musician with artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Laurent Korcia, Éric-Maria Couturier and Raphaël Pidoux, with whom she has recorded a CD for the Integral label. She is also a member of Orchestre Les Siècles and the Marseille ensemble C Barré. She performs regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the French ensemble 2e2m and New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In October 2015, Élodie Soulard released her first solo album on the NoMadMusic label. She plays a Russian Jupiter accordion (model V. Gusiev).