Amine KOUIDER is a conductor with an international career of great musical and artistic richness. His personality is expressed in an energetic, committed, fiery direction that has earned him great success in many renowned formations he has led in France and abroad.
His meeting with Valéry GERGIEV at the Saint Petersburg Opera, of which he was the assistant conductor for three years, allowed him to become the heir of a great musical tradition and to evolve in an international artistic environment of very high level.
A conductor with an international career
Amine KOUIDER is regularly invited to conduct many renowned formations: the National Orchestra of Capitole in Toulouse, the Strasbourg Philharmonic orchestra, the Mulhouse Symphonic orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic orchestra, the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toulon Opera Orchestra, the Lamoureux Orchestra.
He has also conducted: the Kirov Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Opera, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Cappella Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Tunisian Symphony Orchestra, the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cuban National Orchestra.
A charismatic artistic director
From 1998 to 2004, he was music director of the Orchestre International de Paris with which he made several concerts and recordings noticed in the musical revue “Classica”. From 2001 to 2008 and from 2014 to 2016 he was artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Algeria with which he performed notably in the context of the event “Algiers, Capital of Arab Culture 2007” and “Constantine Capital of Arab Culture 2015” and the “Algiers International Festival of Symphonic Music” from 2014 to 2018.
From 2012 to 2014 he was artistic director of the Orchestre Symphonique Algérie-France with which he gave several concerts. At the same time, he was also advisor for music to the Minister of Culture in Algeria and project manager of the new Opera of Algiers, of which he also provided the opening concert.
Since 2016, Amine KOUIDER has been artistic director of the new Algiers Opera and principal conductor of the Algiers Opera Symphony Orchestra. In this capacity, he has conducted nearly a hundred concerts in several symphonic works, operas and ballets including the Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Also artistic director of the International Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra of Paris that he founded in 1997, he builds an ensemble rich in its diversity and shares with its choristers and musicians its passion for music, the requirement of quality and its humanist dreams.
It is with this training in residence at UNESCO that he regularly gives concerts as part of the cultural and humanitarian campaigns of the famous organization in a repertoire of oratorios such as Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Dvorak’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C and “Operas in concerts” such as Boris Godunov, Faust, La Belle Helene , La Vie Parisienne, Aida, Trouvère and Cavalleria Rusticana. Rich in his dual culture, he is interested in music from other cultural areas and becomes a tireless ambassador for the rapprochement between cultures. It is at the head of this ensemble that he was named “UNESCO Artist for Peace”
A solid formation
Born in Algiers in 1967, this young violin virtuoso, passionate about music discovers at 17 years old the direction of orchestra and decides to make it his profession. He studied at the Algiers Conservatory, studied choir conducting and conducting at the Marseille and Paris Conservatories, then Copenhagen with Michel TABACHNIK.
He perfected his skills with Manuel ROSENTHAL, Ilya MUSIN and Daniel BAREMBOIM. At the same time, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in musicology in Algiers and a master’s degree in musicology at the Sorbonne, Paris IV.
He participates in advanced courses as a conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, the Berlin National Opera, the Paris Opera, the Geneva Orchestra and the Santa Cecillia Orchestra in Rome.
The richness of Amine KOUIDER’s artistic career has allowed him to have a wide repertoire including many symphonic works, oratorios, ballets and nearly 30 operas.