Aristide Moari is an enthusiastic explorer of possibility.
The young French composer is the artistic engine behind the Friday Compositions project, which he founded with the purpose of gathering the finest musicians and sharing the joy of music with an online audience.
The first season of the Friday Compositions gave birth to more than 30 chamber music pieces for different combinations, from solo double bass to string sextet, including a jazz trio and a recorder quintet.
The 2020-2021 season also saw the premiere of his first Double bass Concerto “Buddha’s Birth” premiered by the very promising Sasha Witteveen, Sjoerd Haver and STEP orchestra. Furthermore, L’Ensemble Artifices (Alice Julien-Laferrière) released a CD recording of his Ballade de l’Yponomeute et du Zancle for baryton and baroque quartet.
Aristide Moari is currently composing a Choir and Orchestra piece for De Goede Orkest and Le Boeuf Majeur, to be premiered in October 2021.
Aristide studied Ecriture (Harmony, Counterpoint and Renaissance-polyphony) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where he has composed for several impactful performers, such as Elsa Dreisig, Fiona Monbet and Romain Louveau. Always exploring areas of musical expression, in 2016 he chose to study orchestral conducting and piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
During his conducting studies he has proved himself to be a natural leader with interesting ideas and musical stories to tell and he quickly became a go-to person for performances of contemporary or non-traditional music among his peers: from conducting symphony orchestras, choirs and ensembles to playing piano in chamber and jazz formations.
Since 2018 he has been working as a repetiteur in the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam, collaborating with inspiring musicians such as Antony Hermus, Karel Deseure, and Paul McNamara.
The pandemic summer of 2020, with its lack of performing opportunities and certainty about the future of classical music, brought Aristide back around to his initial love: composition. He began writing incidental pieces for friends and musical projects, set up several improvisation groups, exchanged ideas with fellow musicians and found his new drive in writing music which exudes complete artistic freedom.