Félicien Brut and Thibault Perrine have been working together for a long time and in a very fruitful way. It all began in 2016 when Félicien, on the advice of Richard Galliano, decided to create a programme with a string quintet that would bring together two musical worlds that had been so distant until then: musette and classical music. He had to find a composer who would accept to take up this crazy challenge with him. Several friends recommended a young composer by the name of Thibault Perrine. A phone call, a meeting and a coffee later, the precious collaboration is launched!

For this first project, Thibault set out to discover the accordion and composed Suite Musette, a sextet in five movements premiered in 2017 at the Classique au Vert festival and then at La Seine musicale. This piece was a huge success with the public and was played by Félicien, the Quatuor Hermès and Édouard Macarez all over the world, from France to Japan, from Germany to Israel…

« Félicien Brut, a child of the popular balls who has always sought to explore the classical world, and Thibault Perrine, a classical musician who discovered song through the prism of operetta, were made to meet! »

In July 2018, Félicien played for the first time on the main stage of the festival Un Violon sur le sable Caprice d’accordéoniste, Thibault Perrine’s first piece for accordion and symphony orchestra. In April 2019, his Souvenirs de bal, also for accordion and orchestra, will be created with the Orchestre de Cannes under the direction of Benjamin Levy.

In 2020, Félicien and Thibault conceived the NEUF project together. They discussed at length the content of the programme and contacted the composers who would be part of the adventure. Thibault composed a new sextet for accordion and string quintet for this project: In Memoriam, a work freely inspired by Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

In 2021, after discovering the best kept secrets of the accordion, Thibault Perrine takes on a new challenge: writing for guitar. Indeed, he composed for the duo formed by Félicien and Thibaut Garcia, Lidia, a piece paying tribute to the French roots of the accordion and to the undeniably Hispanic culture of the six-string. This new piece will be premiered in June 2021.

Thibault Perrine in a few lines…

Born in 1979, trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Jean-Claude Raynaud, Thierry Escaich and Jean-François Zygel, Thibault Perrine first became known as an arranger, before devoting himself to the composition following his meeting with Félicien Brut in 2016.

For his Pari des Bretelles, he composed Suite Musette, a five-movement sextet created in 2017 at the Classique au Vert festival and then at La Seine musicale, before starting a tour including the Folle Journée de Nantes and the Flâneries Musicales de Reims. In July 2018, Félicien Brut played for the first time on the big stage of the Un Violon sur le sable festival his Caprice d’accordéoniste, for accordion and symphonic orchestra. In April 2019, he created Souvenirs de bal, a concerto for accordion and orchestra, with the Orchestre de Cannes conducted by Benjamin Levy. Other composition projects are underway, notably for the various duet formations of Félicien…

Previously, he worked as an arranger for many ensembles, theaters and operas, including the company Les Brigands (a dozen shows since Le Docteur Ox in 2003 and Ta Bouche in 2004 until P’tites Michu in 2018), the Théâtre du Châtelet (Le Chanteur de Mexico in 2006), the Opéra de Paris, the Opéra de Lyon, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Le Barbier de Séville in 2017-2018). His orchestrations have been played or recorded by the largest French orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Orchestre Régional Avignon Provence, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, Les Siècles, Orchestre de Chambre Pelléas…) and international (Philharmonia Orchestra), alongside prestigious soloists (Anne Gastinel, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Vittorio Grigolo, Sonya Yoncheva, Nathalie Dessay, Gaëlle Arquez…).

Thibault Perrine teaches writing at the CRR in Paris and arrangement at the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne Billancourt.

Thibault Perrine’s compositions for accordion