Born in 1986, Alphonse Cemin studied piano and flute at the CNR Boulogne-Billancourt before attending the Conservatoire de Paris. He is one of the founders of Le Balcon.
In 2015 Cemin directed Michaël Levinas’ opera La Métamorphose at the Musica festival in Strasbourg and, in 2016, the premiere of Tomas Bordalejo’s opera, Bureau 470. In 2017 he became Assistant Conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow for George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin. in 2019 he conducted Into the Little Hill, at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris.
In recital Cemin performs regularly with soprano Julie Fuchs, Damien Pass, Marianne Crebassa, Léa Trommenschlager and Manuel Nuñez-Camelino. As a chamber music partner he has performed with, amiong others, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Santiago Cañon-Valencia, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer and the Zaïde Quartet.
As a soloist, he has performed under the direction of Pierre Boulez (Pierrot Lunaire), Peter Eötvös, David Robertson and Mathias Pintscher. In 2010, he was HSBC Pianist of the Aix- en-Provence Festival Academy and in 2013 he received the Stockhausen Kurse Kürten Performance Award. In 2017 he won the Gabriel Dussurget prize at the Aix-en-Provence festival.
Portraits : Odhràn Dunne