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Karol Beffa (Composer, Arranger)

Born: October 27, 1973 - Paris, France

The French composer and pianist, Karol Beffa, undertook both a liberal and musical education after working as a child actor bet-ween the ages of 7 and 12. Among his roles he portrayed an eight-year-old Mozart in a television film by Marcel Bluwal. He was awarded degrees in history, English, philosophy, and mathematics in addition to 7 first prizes at the Paris Conservatory. Ranking 1st in the French music education accreditation competition (or Agrégation), he taught at the Sorbonne and later at the École Polytechnique. In 2003, he received a doctorate in musicology, and was appointed associate professor at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm) the following year.

As a pianist, Karol Beffa has appeared as a soloist with orchestra on seven occasions and regularly accompanies silent films. With pianist Lorène de Ratuld, he has formed a duo that specializes in works from the repertoire as well as improvisations on themes chosen by audience members. As a composer, his works have been performed in Europe and Asia, by various prestigious ensembles and orchestras. Some of his pieces are scheduled for performance at the International Young Artists Biennial festival in Turin and the Présences Festival in Paris. Since the fall of 2006, Beffa has served as composer-in-residence for the Orchestre National du Capitole.

Karol Beffa has held grants and received awards from the Institut de France (2001), the Fondation Lili et Nadia Boulanger (2001), the Académie Musicale de Villecroze, the Fondation Natexis (2002), and the Fondation Charles Oulmont (2005). He was a finalist for the Prades international composition festival in 2005.


Six études, pour piano (2000-2002)
Mirages (2003)
Masques, for violin & violoncello, created by Renaud et Gautier Capuçon (2004)
Voyelles (2004)
Concerto for trumpet (2005)
Marie-Madeleine, la robe de pourpre, oratorio-ballet (2005)
Subway, for trumpet & piano, created by Romain Leleu
Metropolis, for viola & piano
Concerto for violin, created by Renaud Capuçon (2007)
String Quartet, created by Capuçon quartet (2009)
Concerto for piano, created by Boris Berezovski & the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (2009)
Prélude et Passacaille, for organ, created by Olivier d'Ormesson de Surian (2009)
Salve Regina, for children choir a-cappella (comissioned by Radio France for the Maîtrise de Radio France)
Concerto for viola & string orchestra, created by Othar Melikichvili & the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe (2011)

Le Fil of Mehdi Ben Attia
Sur ta joue ennemie of Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Le Théâtre des opérations of Benoît Rossel

Source: SMCQ Website (Translation: C. Flint De Médicis); French Wikipedia Website (October 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2011)

Karol Beffa: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

Links to other Sites

Karol Beffa > Biography (SMCQ)
Interview et biographie (Pianobleu) [French]

Karol Beffa (Wikipédia) [French]
Karol Beffa - Compositeur français - né en 1973 (France Musique) [French]



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