Matthias Kadar, composer and singer/songwriter

“I see him as one of the best and most prolific composers of his generation.”
Ivan Fischer

Matthias Kadar, composer and singer, is noted for his idiosyncratic musical language and distinct writing style. Kadar studied composition and piano with Christian Lauba in Bordeaux and later with Theo Loevendie at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He composed about 200 works for solo voice or instrument, ensemble, orchestra and theatre that have been performed worldwide. His collaborations as a composer/ singer have taken him or his compositions to the most prestigious concert halls or festivals in Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. Together with Iván Fischer, he worked for more than a decade on different musical projects

“As a composer and singer, I keep looking for lyricism, atmosphere and timbre. Texts and poems play a special role: they inspire me with the sound and melody of the language in which they are written. Both my contemporary compositions for voice and my songs, the music, are as if they were dictated by the language: the prosody, the meaning and the ‘weight’ of words and phrases, but also by the specific musical characteristics of a language, it’s sound, melody, rhythm and accentuation. In the songs I write and sing, the music will often be at the service of the text. It always concerns me to keep the text intelligible and preserve the music and the emotional content of the text.”

Special Program
“I Sing You A Song” – Chanson and sing-along program
Matthias Kadar takes the audience on a journey through the French, Belgian and Dutch Chanson landscape. This “Jacques Brel of the 21st century” touches not only emotions of his audience, but especially the heart and soul.

His latest composition about G. Casanova, with texts by G. Casanova, Matthias Kadar and Carel Alphenaar, written for the IJ-Salon, an ensemble mainly consisting of performers from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Matthias Kadar as a soloist together with Claron McFadden, was premiered in Amsterdam in November of 2016.

At all of his concerts, Matthias is dressed by Couturier Aziz Bekkaoui.

Matthias created a course “How to make your own song” in which he teaches how to recognize musicality in words and poems, and how to create your own song. More information here