As a soloist, chamber musician and composer, French guitarist Benoît Albert is one of a kind. When very young, he was inspired by popular music as well as progressive rock and classical music. Around the age of 14, he decided to study classical guitar, studies which led him from his native Charente to the Conservatoire de Bordeaux then to the CNSMD de Paris, where he obtained the Diplôme de Formation Supérieur for guitar and chamber music. He has studied with Olivier Chassain, Carel Harms, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Frédéric Durieux, Laszlo Adadi and Christophe Coin among others. As a performer, his productions involve contemporary dance (Laurène Albert and Pierre-Michaël Faure), painting / engraving (Paul Storey and Pierre Cambon), chamber music (Suonatori, Les Frères Méduses, la Cie des Arts, Duo Laborde-Albert, Duo Szymanski-Albert, Les Sacqueboutiers) and more recently a work on silent film music (Tod Browning and Georges Méliès).
In 2012, in collaboration with guitarist Randall Avers, he developed a programme for young audiences regarding Georges Méliès’ short films. This commission at the behest of the Norwegian government (Les Concert du Roi) will be performed 80 times in Norway, then in France. He has single-handedly developed a programme featuring three original instruments covering 200 years of music and guitar making history: the Guitar Triptych. This concept is the result of a collaboration with the luthier, restorer of antique instruments Erik Pierre Hofmann. He has performed in Europe, Venezuela, the United States and Malaysia. His compositions and records are published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada. To date, he has recorded ten albums, five of which are entirely dedicated to his music. As a composer, his appetite for discovery drives him to write for various instruments and formations without forgetting the works of electronic music. Its musical language presents a very wide rhythmic spectrum, reflecting popular influences from Eastern Europe and South America, not to mention French Impressionist music.
Since September 2014, he has been a guitar teacher at the CRR de Toulouse and works at the isdaT.
Versatile musician, Rémi Jousselme is involved in a vast field of artistic projects. During his career, he shared the stage with a large number of other instrumentalists or groups (orchestra, quartet, vocal ensemble…), as well as with popular or classical singers, dancers and actors.
Born in Marseille in 1977, Rémi Jousselme won first place in several international competitions in France and abroad, including the prestigious “Printemps de la Guitare” in Belgium, which awarded a French guitarist for the first and only time. For the occasion, he recorded an album ranging from the romantic repertoire to contemporary creations. His second work, Brasiliana, a panorama of Brazilian music ranging from popular to avant-garde, was released in 2005 by Altaïs Music, a live DVD in Seoul was released in 2009, and his latest album Exils, dedicated to composers Toru Takemitsu and Atanas Ourkouzounov, was released in November 2016 on the Spanish label Contrastes Records as a tribute to Toru Takemitsu on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death.
Very active in the field of music today, he has collaborated with musicians and renowned ensembles on the current music scene (Musicatreize, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Gauthier Capuçon, Quatuor Béla…) and played in international festivals in Paris, Seville , San-José (Costa-Rica), Daegun, Daejon (South Korea), Avignon “In” (France), Musica à Strasbourg (France), Folle Journée de Tokyo (Japan), at the International House of Music in Moscow, the Novel Hall in Taipei, Tiara Koto Hall in Tokyo… and worked together with the great composers Zad Moultaka, Bruno Mantovani, Philippe Leroux, Felix Ibarrondo and Jean-Pierre Drouet. He is also a member of the Musica Nigella ensemble and the Collectif Quest.
Rémi Jousselme is a professor at the Conservatory of Tours and teaches didactics at the Pôle Supérieur de Lille (ESMD). He performs as a soloist or chamber musician in Europe, Russia, Asia, playing Vicente Carrillo guitar and Savarez strings.