Rachid Brahim-Djelloul, violinist, musicologist, artistic director of the ensemble Amedyez. He works as well with ensembles of classical music as of traditional and popular music of the world and in particular Mediterranean … Born in Algiers, Rachid Brahim-Djelloul obtains the first prices of violin and chamber music with the conservatory of Algiers as well as a license in musicology. He continued his theoretical and practical training in France (master’s degree in musicology and DEA in aesthetics, sciences and technologies of the arts, Violin Prize and Chamber Music Excellence Award at the CNR Rueil-Malmaison). Rachid Brahim-Djelloul has worked in many symphonic orchestras. He has also performed as a soloist and chamber music with the Hypotenuse String Quartet.
An equally brilliant traditional music player, he has been heard with the El Mawsili ensemble (Arab-Andalusian music orchestra), Emmanuelle Drouet, Simon Elbaz and Enrico Macias. He also accompanied the theatrical works of Slimane Benaïssa, including Prophets without God, which has been very successful in French-speaking countries. His collaborations led him to perform in different venues in Europe, Africa and Canada. Rachid Brahim-Djelloul has also participated in many recordings of classical and traditional music as well as jazz and variety. He has recorded alongside Sandra Bessis, Enrico Macias, Nassima, Michel Deneuve, François Méchali, Idir, Takfarinas, Chérif Kheddam or Adamo. As a musicologist, he participates in numerous conferences and radio programs in France and abroad, reporting on his research work on traditional music around the Mediterranean. In 2004, he took part in a conference in Cyprus, whose proceedings are presented under the title “Language loans, cultural loans”. In addition, he collaborates on two books; one on popular music known as ” Chaabi ” from Algeria (Ed El-Ouns / UNESCO), the other on Arab-Andalusian music (interactive CD / Ed El Ouns). With this experience, Rachid Brahim-Djelloul naturally creates the Amedyez ensemble with which he wishes to make the diversity and richness of a multiple Mediterranean heritage flourish – and yet keen on common resonances. The first project of this ensemble is the show he performs with his sister, Amel Brahim-Djelloul.
Finally, he creates a class of violin at the ENM of Gennevilliers, where he has been teaching since 2005 (music of Mediterranean tradition).