DJAMEL GHAZI, Flutist and Higher National Music Institute (INSM) headmaster

Djamel Ghazi has several strings to his bow : Djamel Ghazi has several strings to his bow: he directs the INSM (National Institute of Music), and give music courses there and performs as a soloist in the National Symphonic Orchestra. favorite instrument: the transverse flute. Eminent educator, this musical art theoretician has formed many flutists. Some of them pursue a successful career abroad. Meeting.


Artissimo : When you took place as the INSM headmaster last May, wich first mission did you have ?

Djamel Ghazi: My first idea was to launch summer courses in flute for young people. I added  three trainers with me of which one of my former students who works as a professional flautist in London -Sahnoun Adel-. This training attracted about thirty young people across the country. 

A: Let’s go back to you. Where did you get this passion for music?

D G: When I was young, vinyls always ran on the record player at home. My father listened to a lot of music from the Middle East. My mother preferred jazz. Convinced that I had musical talent, she registered me in the association El Morssilia at the age of 6. I learned to play the mandolin. Two years later, I joined the Conservatory of Algiers. The first year was devoted to learning music theory and then I « meet » the flute, an instrument that I have not left since.

A: Why did you set your heart on this instrument?

D G: It was by pure luck. Naturally shy, I had observed that other classes were crowded. By contrast the flute lessons had few registered. This is how my love story with the flute began.

A: You got a science baccalaureat but you have chosen the way of music?

D G: Yes. Having my baccalaureate, I had the intention to pursue medical studies I still remember the day of my registration in biomedical in Bab Ezzouar, in 1985. With its concrete mass, the university had appeared me hostile. Seeing me baffled when I came back home, my mother had this miraculous words: “There is a music department that just opened at ENS Kouba. what do you think of studiying there? “. That day, I had the sensation that she handed me the keys of paradise (laughs).

A: How was your music studies at ENS Kouba?

D G: Good. After my license in 1989, I got a student scholarship to improve my flute at the National and Regional Conservatoire in Paris (CNR). We were 5 students in my class to get a scholarship for France including Amine Kouider.

A: After a PhD in Magister devoted to Andalusian music, you taught musicology?

D G: Yes, after my military service, I worked as asenior lecturer at ENS Kouba. I taught music theory, harmonic analysis, pan flute and piano. Simultaneously, I directed several choirs as choirmaster: Artissimo, INSM and ENS. I also gave flute lessons at Bologhine conservatory. A plenty of talented flutists have emerged from this institution under my leadership, including Adel Sahnoun who works actually as a professional flautist in London.

A: What the flute represents for you?

D G: The rythm game is not just sound. I am no more a music lover than an average person. For me, playing the flute is primarily a tactile pleasure. It also requires the synchronization of movement, thinking and breath.

A: Aside from the flute, do you play another instruments?

D G: Yes. Piano, guitar and lute.

A: You have taught at Artissimo. Do you have a little story to tell us about this school?

D G: One day, a new girl had presented herself to register in choir. I struggled to classify her voice because she had a surprising vocal organ. After this test, I was at the secretariat to see if she was registered. My surprise was great when they answered me: It is a boy, not a girl. His name was Raouf! (Laughs).

A: What Artissimo inspires you?

D G: At a time when fast food and pizza restaurants are proliferating, I welcome this initiative to create a beautiful art schools. Congratulations to Artissimo.

Katia Sabri