gfa violin masterclass

24 - 29 JULY 2017

GILLES APAP (Violin) Turkey |


Gilles Apap 

Hailed as a true violinist of the 21st Century by Yehudi Menuhin, Gilles Apap is a classical violinist who is in great demand as a soloist with orchestras around the world. He has also become widely known for his extraordinary ability to integrate a variety of musical genres. Gilles not only crosses boundaries, he unites music with his distinct talent for incorporating styles of music as diverse as American oldtime, Irish, and Gypsy fiddling, with the standards of the classical repertoire.

Born in Algeria, Gilles Apap was raised in Nice, France, where his violin studies commenced with André Robert. He traveled to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, and chose in 1986 to live in California, where he still resides. Gilles Apap’s talent was recognized by Menuhin in 1985 when he came to the attention of the great violinist and pedagogue by winning the Contemporary Music Prize at the prestigious International Menuhin Competition. He gained the affection of Lord Menuhin, who later invited him to perform in Berlin at the Philharmonie Hall for the Enescu Foundation. This moving performance took place the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

With his first ensemble, The Transylvanian Mountain Boys (Sony Classical), Gilles shook the classical music scene with his unparalleled interpretations.

Gilles Apap once again shook the classical music community when in 2006 an excerpt appeared on YouTube showing him playing his unique cadenza to a Mozart violin concerto (from the film “Gilles Apap Plays the Mozart Violin Concerto #3”, produced by Ideale Audience International). As a soloist, Gilles has appeared on stage with many different well known orchestra’s around the world. The Colors of Invention, founded by Gilles Apap in 2000 continues to dazzle audiences worldwide. This popular ensemble has played at concert halls and music festivals on several continents.

Together with his performances, Gilles Apap is much sought-after to lead workshops and masterclasses, In the fall of 2006, he joined internationally acclaimed Irish fiddler Kevin Burke in a U.S. tour with the Celtic Fiddle Festival. He has also worked with Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramanian, gypsy musician Roby Lakatos, jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and flamenco dancer Belen Maya, to name a few. Gilles continues to bridge the gap between classical and folk music. The DVD documentary Apap Masala, one of several produced by Ideale Audience International, is also available. These films about Gilles Apap are shown regularly on television stations in the USA and around the world.