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Nicolas BOISSELIER - Artistic Director

 

Nicolas Boisselier began his music studies at the age of 17. The following year, he entered the Poitiers Conservatory en  classe  piano and musical training as well as an initiation into Augustin's choir conducting class Maillard.
In 1999, he founded his own choir in Coulonges sur l'Autize: the Canta Muse choir. Between 1999 and 2002, he followed a parallel course at the University of Poitiers in musicology (Bachelor and Masters) and at the Poitiers Conservatory in piano, musical training, writing, choir direction, viola.
During this period, he developed his activities as a choir director. He thus took over the musical direction of the choir A Coeur Joie of Poitiers in September 2001, of the adult vocal ensemble of the music school of Niort.

In 2002, he left France for Poland to do a professional internship at the Center Français des Deux-Sèvres in Biala Podlaska.

During this year, he works in close collaboration with Agnieszka Rafal, conductor of the “Camerata” choir of the Staszyc high school. This joint work allows him to discover the tradition of choral singing in Poland. The following year he began studying choir direction at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He is preparing a Master's degree in choral singing in the class of conductor Adam Slawek Wroblewski. During these studies, he worked with the greatest Polish choirmasters: Bogdan Gola (Warsaw Opera choirmaster), Ryszard Zimak (choirmaster and artistic director of the Warsaw Chamber Choir), Andrzej Banasiewicz (choirs of the Polish army).

He obtained his diploma in June 2008 with honors and congratulations from the jury. Nicolas Boisselier was rewarded for his career in 2004 by obtaining the Poitou-Charentes regional grant “boosting for young musicians and dancers”, a prize awarded jointly by the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council and the Caisse d'Epargne.

Back in France, he followed a one-year course in Music Administration and Management, from which he obtained a Master 2 at the University of Paris IV/Sorbonne with honors.

He has directed the Col Canto Vocal Ensemble since September 2008. He participates in numerous regional projects in which he contributes to the technical and musical supervision of amateur singers in particular.

Heavily involved in regional cultural projects, he has notably contributed to the development of regional festivals.

Holder of a competition for the local public service, Nicolas BOISSELIER contributes to public service missions on a daily basis.

 

Particularly sensitive to contemporary music and to the aesthetics of the different schools of European choral singing, Nicolas Boisselier has a particular appetite for the romantic repertoire as well as those of the 20th and 21st centuries, more rarely present in concerts, which he is keen to promote by programming them in the repertoire of the Col Canto Vocal Ensemble in particular.

 

His work with the choir is characterized by a constant vigilance to the quality of the sound, to the development of the singers, to the variety of the programs offered and to the training of the public through concerts with commentary to shed light on the listeners.

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