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]


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]

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



  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.