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Matthias Kadar, composer, singer/songwriter

"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."

"I sing you"  - 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.

Besides his own songs, like "Oh, quand je dors" and "l'Albatros", he sings famous repertoire of Toon Hermans, Ramses Shaffy, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens. In his own enchanting and charming way, he offers the audience a glimpse into his magic music studio. Amidst notes, poetry and sounds he stimulates the audience to experience the creation of songwriting by a taste of singing them together. An experience for all senses!


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 since more then a decade on different musical projects.

His newest 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 Concergebouw 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.