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Georges Youcef Dahmane was born on September 5, 1971 in Algiers, Algeria. He is an algerian, french and canadian pianist, composer and engineer. He's one of the outstanding algerian artists belonging to the Patrimoine du Maghreb[1] .

His father was Dr. Areski Dahmane, the well known algerian Medical Doctor. He started studying the piano in 1976 mainly under Prof. Aynouz, a bulgarian pianist. He was accepted at age 10 at the Moscow Conservatory of Music but didn't attend.

In 1985 he graduated from the École supérieure des beaux-arts d'Alger [[1]] with honors, receiving the gold medal, first prize and the "félicitations du jury". For the final examination, he played one Hummel sonata, the Piano Sonata No. 14 (Beethoven) and some of the most difficult pieces of Chopin: the Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 and the Etudes. There, he was taught by Prof. Levy, Prof. Jaknoun and Prof. Charmentier from the Orchestre symphonique d'Alger.

Mr. Dahmane met the well known Maestro Skandrani to learn Chaabi music at the Algiers National Conservatory, but showed more interests in Classical Piano music.

From 1985, he played and has taken masterclasses at the École supérieure des beaux-arts d'Alger with invited professor Pascal Nemirovski where he showed his dazzling piano technic in playing the Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, the famous Minute Waltz , first movement of Piano Sonata No. 2 (Chopin) and his own compositions. Prof. Nemiroski has recommended him to play with his own style rather than Vladimir Horowitz while Mr. Dahmane never seen Horowitz play nor knew about the russan flat finger technic. One famous quote by Mr. Dahmane following Prof. Nemirovski remarks on the fast tempo of his Minute Waltz. He responded: "it's the Waltz minute. Shouldn't we play it in less than a minute?". He was accepted to study at the Paris Conservatory of Music but wasn't able to move to Paris for family reasons.

Beside the piano technic, Mr. Dahmane was more interested in the singing tone and "spontaneous" sound of the piano. He was moved by russan nostalgy and way of playing of great russan pianists such as Horowitz, Richter, Gilels,and Rachmaninoff, his idol.

In 1986, Mr. Dahmane played several concerts at Ibn Khaldoun concert hall in Algiers where some of his concerts have been broadcasted at the TVA, the former Canal Algérie.

Upon graduation, he redirected his career into engineering and studied at the EPFL where he graduated in 1995.

Mr. Dahmane has briefly studied with Maestro Marina Goglidze-Mdivani in 2002 while he was in Montreal, Canada. He was not a former student of the Schulich School of Music but extensively studied several pieces with her, including Bach, Haydn, Brahms, the Piano Concerto No. 4 (Rubinstein) and some virtuosic works from Liszt such as the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15. During that time, he participated in masterclasses of Murray Perahia and Leslie Howard.

Mr. Dahmane is also a composer. He has released one album under CdBaby[2] in 2007. He intended to transpose his own compositions for synthesizers but was never satisfied with the results even though the album got some fame in Asian countries (Japan, China, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia).

Mr. Dahmane is extensively involved as an engineer in philanthropic activities: KANT project for machine learning[3] at [Carnegie Mellon] (1993), Polytechnicum project with Jean-Jacques Pitteloud consolidating over 70'000 registrations of Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Alumnis[4] (2004), gTech first prize innovation award (2009), eMedics.ORG project at the Alpine High-Tech Venture Forum[5] (2017).

Since 2005, he actively participates in Non-profit activities[6].

Mr. Dahmane lives in France and Switzerland since 2009.


Mr. Dahmane has vast repertoire spanning the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and some pieces from several other composers such as Scriabin, Saint-Saens, Grieg, Moskowski, Blumenfeld, Hoffman, Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Alkan, Dohnányi, Ravel, Poulenc, Fauré, Barber....

He studied and read most of the piano concertos (all Beethoven, all Mozart, both Chopin concertos, both Brahms concertos, both Liszt concertos and Totentanz (Liszt), Prokofiev concerto no. 1,2,3, all Rachmaninoff, Grieg concerto, Schumann concerto, Saint-Saens concerto no. 2 and 5, Tchaikovsky concerto no. 1, Rubinstein concerto no,2 and 4, Mendelssohn concerto no. 1, Bartok concerto no. 2, Moskowski concerto no. 2...).

Mr. Dahmane gave one concert in Cuba playing his own transcription of the Rhapsody in Blue of Gershwin. The concert given in 2003, was a success where politics were set aside.

He wrote his own transcription of last movement of the Piano Sonata No. 2 of Rachmaninoff in 2005 and mixed some of Horowitz and Volodos Liszt transcriptions and the "Valse des fleurs" of Tchaikovsky. He also worked on transcribing the Suite No. 1 (Rachmaninoff) (Pâques) for one piano.

In 2010, he mixed and transcribed The Köln Concert of Keith Jarrett and some anthems such as the American Anthem from Rachmaninoff own transcription, God Save the Queen, O Canada and Kassaman.

In 2013, he transcribed the Glinka/Liszt Chernomor's March from Ruslan and Lyudmila and the Schubert/Liszt Symphony "unfinished".

In 2014, he transcribed some Wagner/Liszt work and the Beethoven/Liszt Symphony No. 5.


  1. ^ "Dictionnaire des artistes algériens | Patrimoines du Maghreb à l'ère numérique | Page 2". patmagh.hypotheses.org. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  2. ^ ♫ St-Martini - The M2M Band. Listen @cdbaby, retrieved 2019-09-02
  3. ^ "KANT project for machine learning" (PDF).
  4. ^ "News: ETH Life - das tägliche Webjournal". archiv.ethlife.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  5. ^ "Tech Tour". techtour.com. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  6. ^ "Startlist Donne tout - Cycling for Children [09.06.18]". MSO-Chrono. Retrieved 2019-09-02.

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