In concert, his instrument and his body are one. To the point that when he plays the instrument, it is as if he makes the sound with his own breath. He plays in different styles : « musette », orchestral instrument, and especially experimental accordion. Thanks to interpretations of Bruno Maurice, the accordion is reborn. (Resmusica, 2005)
Atypical musician, Bruno Maurice is a discreet and an essential artist of the contemporary accordion.
Painter of sounds, he considers music as a gesture of creation of every moment whose colors are born from the silence and the living breath of his accordion.
Having started learning the accordion at age 6, he decided at the age of 10 to devote his life to music.
Since then, Bruno Maurice traces his path freely, according to time, chance and his encounters and his travels, loving to put himself in danger, break the codes to better stimulate creative thought. His duet with improviser Jacques Di Donato (clarinet) is the present illustration (album “L’homme de la route”, 2020).
Jacques Di Donato and Bruno Maurice, festival of “Les Arcs”
In 1993, his meeting with the great Ukrainian performer Vladimir Besfamilnov will be a turning point in his career, which he will experience as a real revelation in the realization of artistic gesture and musical thought. He will leave Kiev in 2002 with the instrument entrusted by his master, the “Appassionata” accordion, a unique model in the world, a true treasure of instrumental making. It will be the beginning of a fundamental overhaul of his technique and of a research work based on the physiology of the musical gesture allowing the resonance of the body-instrument relationship … Passionate about instrumental making, he tunes, adjusts as closely as possible the reeds and the mechanics of his instrument.
Concerto Aquarius, Juan Jose Mosalini and Bruno Maurice, “Symphonistes d’Aquitaine” orchestra (2019)
Accordion in many winds …
Soloist sought in the chamber and symphonic music, he is the guest of the “Symphonists of Aquitaine”, the Republican Guard Orchestra, the regional orchestra of Reunion Island, the symphony orchestra from Taipei, …
In contemporary creation ensembles such as Ars Nova, 2E2M, Proxima Centauri and Laboryntus, he participated in creations by collaborating with composers Bernard Cavanna, Jean-Yves Bosseur, François Rossé, Etienne Rolin, Oscar Strasnoy and Martin Matalon.
Bruno Maurice performs in recital in a repertoire of all styles and periods, from J.S. Bach, M. de Falla, A. Piazzolla to V. Semyonov, his compositions and personal improvisations in the contemporary repertoire of L. Berio, F. Bedrossian. ..
In 2005, with Mieko Miyazaki (koto) and Manuel Solans (violin) he created the “Miyazaki Trio” (world music). Since 2009 he joins Jacques Di Donato in an improvisation duet. In 2010, together Pasarela, with Jérôme Voisin (clarinet), Maud Lovett (violin) and Frederic Lagarde (piano) in a program with Latin colors from Western Europe to South America.
In 2010 he creates his own label inSpir ‘.
In April 2011, invited by Professor Cao Xiaoqing, he is the first French accordionist to give recital at the Central Conservatory of Beijing where he directs masterclasses. From 2015 he plays in the trio “Evea” with Jean-Louis Constant (violin) and Mariane Muglioni (cello). In 2019 he formed the duet with Raphaël Jouan on the cello, on a repertoire ranging from popular to scholarly music.
In 2019 he was invited by the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitaï for the creation of his multimedia work “Letter to a friend in Gaza” in Charleston (USA) and in Paris. On June 6 at the Collège de France, the latter entrusted him with the musical opening of his conference on the process of artistic creation.
In 2020 he accompanies the voice of Natalie Dessay alongside Philippe Cassard in the new creation by Amos Gitaï “Exils interiors” (Théatre de la Ville de Paris).
Bruno Maurice and Natalie Dessay, « Exils interieurs » (Amos Gitaï), Paris théâtre de la Ville, 2020. Crédit photo: Pascal Gely
Self-taught composer, Bruno Maurice has written three concertos with string orchestra: “Cri de Lame” (2007) for accordion (concerts in Taiwan and Bordeaux), “Turbulences” (2013), double concerto for accordion and clarinet (concerts at the Réunion Island and Marmande), “Aquarius” (2019), double concerto for accordion and bandoneon (symphonists of Aquitaine).
Bruno Maurice teaches at the PESMD (Pole of Higher Education of Music and Dance) Bordeaux Aquitaine at the Bordeaux Conservatory at the Académie-Festival des Arcs and gives master classes in conservatories in France and abroad.