Gilles Apap

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Gilles Apap
Born (1963-05-21) 21 May 1963 (age 53)
Béjaïa, Algeria
Origin Nice, France
Genres Classical, Gypsy , Swing, Irish, Bluegrass, Old-time Music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Years active 1985–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment Apapaziz Productions

Gilles Apap (born 21 May 1963) is a French classical violinist. Born in Béjaïa, Algeria, he was raised in Nice, France. In 1985 he won first prize in the contemporary music category at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. He served as concertmaster with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, but has since focused on his career as a soloist with orchestras around the world.

A virtuosic violinist, Gilles is also known for his interpretations of traditional music from Eastern Europe to America, such as gypsy, Irish, swing or bluegrass.

He recorded three CDs in the 1990s with Sony Classical Records, then formed his own company, Apapaziz Productions. Since 1999, Apapaziz has recorded eight Gilles Apap CDs.


  • 1994 Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys: Who? (Sony)
  • 1996 Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys: Gilles Apap & the Transylvanian Mountain Boys (Sony)
  • 1997 Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys: d’Ici & d’Ailleurs (Sony)
  • 1999 Enescu, Debussy and Ravel – Sonatas for violin and piano (Apapaziz)
  • 2001 No Piano on That One (Apapaziz)
  • 2002 Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Apapaziz)
  • 2003 Gilles Apap and The Sinfonia Varsovia (Apapaziz)
  • 2006 Gilles Apap: Music for Solo Violin (Apapaziz)
  • 2007 Friends (Apapaziz)
  • 2008 Sans Orchestre (Apapaziz)
  • 2012 Gypsy Tunes… California Style That Is (Apapaziz)


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