Annie Dutoit-Argerich

Annie Dutoit-Argerich is a performer, producer and a music journalist. She was born in Switzerland. After her secondary studies in classical languages and civilizations (Greek and Latin), she moved to the United States and received a B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University, an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a Ph.D in French and romance philology from Columbia University in New York. Her dissertation focused on the interaction between politics and aesthetics in anti-Semitic writings in France. She has held faculty positions in various American universities, among which Barnard College in New York and more recently, Arizona State University where she taught courses in literature and European intellectual history.

While working as an academic, Annie Dutoit-Argerich decided to focus on the performing arts, combining her intellectual background with performance and production. As such she took part in several public outreach activities and performances raising awareness and memory about the Holocaust. In 2015, she recited texts of survivors of the camps and the A Bomb in Hiroshima and Tokyo in front of the Emperor of Japan for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and has recently performed at UNESCO for the international Holocaust Day. She has collaborated with the Auschwitz foundation and Veteran Institute in Belgium on several projects, and is directing an educational documentary tracking the traces of the Shoah in Poland.

She has performed works by Milhaud, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Cage, Prokofiev integrating text, performance and music in international venues in Europe, Japan , China, Korea, Argentina and Israel, including Suntori Hall in Tokyo, la Philharmonie de Paris, l’Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome, and Bozar in Brussels. A recording of Saint Saens' Carnaval des Animaux with a text by Francis Blanche, with Antonio Pappano and Martha Argerich was released September 2017 by Warner Classics. In June 2019, she performed the role of the narrator and the solider l’HIstoire du Soldat under the baton of Charles Dutoit in Hamburg, Germany. Annie Dutoit-Argerich seeks not only to promote but also to expand the repertoire of pieces combining narration and music. She has collaborated with contemporary composers such as Alex Nante (Ora) Daniel Judkovsky (The Silence of the Poplars) As part of a project for the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights declaration, she premiered pieces by Gene Pritsker, John Farah, Joan Huang, Arshia Samsaminia, Sinem Altan , Milica Paranosic, and Ohad Ben Ari. She also premiered “HIstoire du Diablotin qui voulait être un petit ange”, a children’s tale by Andreas Laake (text) and Katie VItalie (music). In addition, her training as an actor has led her to perform and direct theatre productions. She has played and directed Diane Samuel’s Kindertransport, performed an adapted Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata. She has plays the lead role in “L’ Impardonnable” (Dir; Mariano Nante and Santiago Franco) which was an official selection of the 21st edition of BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) in 2019. In 2020, Ms. Dutoit will play as the protagonist in the original play “Quien es Clara Wieck” at the prestigious Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires. She will also make her debut at Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires with Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dreams. Annie Dutoit- Argerich performs in French, English and Spanish.