Nicolas Dufetel wrote a PhD on Liszt’s Church music (Tours University). He also graduated in piano and history. After his studies and research in France, Italy, and Germany, he was granted several awards for his academic activities: Liszt Award from the Istituto Liszt Bologna; Nordell Fellowship of Harvard University; Voltaire Award from the Académie de Berlin for his work on the relation between French and German cultures, Toepfer Foundation; postdoc fellowship from the prestigious Humboldt Foundation (at the Musicological Institute Weimar-Jena and Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar).
Nicolas Dufetel published more than 40 articles in France and abroad, in French, English, German and Italian. He coedited Franz Liszt. Un saltimbanque en province (with Malou Haine, 2007), Lettres de Liszt à la princesse Marie de Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (with M. Haine and Pauline Pocknell, 2011), Les élèves de Liszt. Figures connues et inconnues (with M. Haine and Cécile Reynaud, 2011), and Liszt et la France. Culture et société dans l’Europe du XIXe siècle (with M. Haine, Dana Gooley and Jonathan Kregor, 2012). He is currently working on several projects, among them the publication of his dissertation and of the correspondence between Liszt and grand-duke Carl Alexander of Weimar.
After 5 years of research between Europe and the USA, he recently edited Liszt’s unpublished book on Wagner (Actes Sud 2013). The book Liszt et le son Érard that he edited won the Prix des Muses 2011.
Nicolas Dufetel was the Secretary for the 2010 French Chopin Year and the Counselor for the 2011 Liszt Year. From 2011 to 2013, in cooperation with the French Consulate in Jerusalem, the E. Saïd National Conservatory, the Institut français and Al-Quds University (Jerusalem), he gave a series of lessons and lectures about history of music, and the dialogue between East and West musical cultures. He recently gave a series of lectures in India.
Beside his academic activities, Nicolas Dufetel is professor of “Musical Culture” (History of music, aesthetics, and analysis) at the Angers Conservatory. He also teaches at the Université François-Rabelais (Tours) and at the Université catholique in Angers. He is frequently invited to give lectures in France and abroad (Rencontres musicales de Vézelay, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Tours, Lisztomanias in Chateauroux, Nuits du château de la Moutte, Festivals de Nohant, Lille, Chopin à Bagatelle, National Gallery of Arts, Washington DC, Philharmonie du Luxembourg). In 2012, he was awarded by the French Minister of Culture the medal of Chevalier in the Order for Arts and Letters.