Emmanuel Bex

Emmanuel Bex was born 1959 in Caen into a musical family. When he was only 13, he won his first piano award. In the beginning, he chose classical training. He won Gold Medal in chamber music, 1st prize in specialist music theory and 1st prize for bassoon. Two pivotal meetings followed, with Bernard Lubat and then Eddy Louiss. The Hammond organ became his preferred instrument. He was awarded the Sacem Prize in composition in 1984. He performed concert after concert, recorded albums, and toured the world (with Babick Reinhardt, Barney Willen, and Christian Escoude or with musicians like Philip Catherine, Aldo Romeo, and Louis Winsberg). In 1995, the Academie du Jazz gave him the Prix Django Reinhardt. In 2000, his trio with Glenn Ferris, Simon Goubert and Simon Goubert won the Grand Prix award by the Academie Charles Cros. This was a Django d’Or award for the best group, and the Academie du Jazz’s Prix Boris Vian. In 2003, he was nominated for the Victoires du Jazz Awards as musician of year. He also received the Django d’Or as musician of year. He released Conversing With Melody on Naive in 2004; it marked Emmanuel’s first solo album. The album was followed by a series concerts with guest artists such as Steve Shehan and Michel Portal. 2006 : OrganSong with the bresilian diva Monica Passos 2007 : Concerto for Hammond Organ and Symphonic Orchestra from http://www.emmanuelbex.net

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