Marcel Cellier

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Marcel Cellier
Born(1925-10-29)29 October 1925
Died 13 December 2013(2013-12-13) (aged 88)
Labels Disques Cellier (owner)
Associated acts Gheorghe Zamfir, Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir

Marcel Cellier (29 October 1925 – 13 December 2013) was a Swiss organist, ethnomusicologist and music producer, internationally known for introducing the singing of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares , and the playing of Gheorghe Zamfir. [1]

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Cellier was the founder of the "Disques Cellier" recording label. From 1960, and for the next 25 years, he hosted a weekly radio show on "Radio Suisse Romande", which he called "From the Black Sea to the Baltic".

In the 1960s, Cellier extensively researched Romanian folk music, which led to his discovery of Gheorghe Zamfir. In 1984, he was presented with the "Grand prix audiovisuel de l'Europe" from the Académie du disque français in Paris. In 1989, he was awarded a Grammy for producing Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Vol. II which featured, among others, the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. [2]

Romania Sovereign state in Europe

Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea to the southeast, Bulgaria to the south, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, Serbia to the southwest, and Moldova to the east. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate. With a total area of 238,397 square kilometres (92,046 sq mi), Romania is the 12th largest country and also the 7th most populous member state of the European Union, having almost 20 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, and other major urban areas include Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Iași, Constanța, Craiova, and Brașov.

Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir

The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir is an internationally renowned world music ensemble that performs modern arrangements of traditional Bulgarian folk melodies. It is most recognized for its contribution to Marcel Cellier's Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares project. First created in 1952 as the Ensemble for Folk Songs of the Bulgarian Radio by Georgi Boyadjiev, the choir is now under the direction of Dora Hristova. The choir was granted the name Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares by Marcel Cellier in 1997, in recognition of the fact that it had contributed most of the songs on the original compilations.

In 2012, a documentary called Balkan Melodie was made about his travels in Eastern Europe.


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  1. von Stefan Künzli. "Schweizer Grammy-Gewinner Marcel Cellier gestorben - Musik - Kultur - Grenchner Tagblatt". Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. "Past Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014.
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