Cyril Niccolai could be termed a modern Renaissance man. An accomplished singer and songwriter, he has spent over a decade honing his skills in his chosen field of rock music. Contemporaneously, he studied medicine and law in university, engages in a variety of sports including tennis, golf and scuba diving, dabbles in still and video photography, has a keen interest in literature and art and is a self-confessed tech geek. The globe trotting foodie next aspires to run the New York City marathon, learn more foreign languages and keep challenging himself with new projects.
Highly sought after as a songwriter, Cyril also writes songs and produces albums for major European singers and for movies. Despite his busy schedule, he makes it a point to regularly go on tour with his rock band to bring his distinctive style of rock music directly to audiences. In the last two years, Cyril has performed in countries as diverse as China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States.
While music is now central to his life, Cyril’s entry into his music career was serendipitous. The son of medical doctors, he was set to follow in the footsteps of his parents. However, Bon Jovi’s 1992 hit song “Keep the Faith” roused the latent musical talent in the young Cyril when he first heard it on the radio. Initially juggling his medical studies with music, he toured in the United States with various bands as a singer and guitarist when he was in his teens.
The watershed in Cyril’s music career occurred in 2001 when he was invited to audition for the part of the poet Gringoire in “Notre Dame de Paris“, the wildly successful French musical by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante that has enthralled millions of international audiences in more than a dozen countries. Against much stiff competition, Cyril was handpicked by Plamondon and Cocciante for this role which gave him the impetus to embark onto a full time career in music. Cyril has since then appeared in more than 300 performances of “Notre Dame de Paris” in Europe and Asia.
His success in that role presented him with numerous offers in other musicals and in 2002, he was entrusted by Plamondon to take on a new role, Ricky, in Plamondon’s latest musical, “Cindy – Cendrillon“. Cyril also caught the attention of prominent French musical composer Gérard Presgurvic, who was assembling the cast for his French musical “Autant en emporte le vent“, based on Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind“. Presgurvic found his ideal Ashley Wilkes in Cyril, who has performed that role in more than 200 performances in Europe since the premiere in September 2003.
In 2006, Presgurvic once again turned to Cyril to fill the role of Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin and best friend, in his new production of “Romeo et Juliette“, the hit French musical which has performed to millions in 11 countries. After nearly 200 performances already in South Korea and Taiwan, Cyril reprised the role of Benvolio in “Romeo et Juliette” during its two-month run in Paris in early 2010. And in late 2012 he reprised the role of Romeo for 50+ shows in Japan and China.
While musicals continue to be in his repertoire, Cyril’s primary focus is now on his solo career and on his passion for songwriting. In particular, he seeks to bring his music directly to audiences through live performances with his band in his native France and on tour around the world. Performances in 2008 include those during the inaugural Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, his maiden concerts at the Esplanade in Singapore and KBS Hall in Seoul, and opening for American alternative rock bands in the United States.
In March 2009, Cyril successfully completed his Hard Rock Asian Tour of seven countries over two weeks to benefit various charitable organisations as part of Hard Rock’s March on Stage event, the annual global live music series presented by Hard Rock International featuring high calibre iconic artists as well as some of the hottest emerging musicians and bands.
In the summer of 2009, Cyril opened for Keane’s Perfect Symmetry Tour Asia 2009 and did several fund-raising gigs in conjunction with Hard Rock’s Ambassadors of Rock global concert series.
His travels around the world enable him to meet new people, explore new horizons and are an important source of inspiration for his music. They have also given him the opportunity to indulge in his passion for musical instruments, with a particular emphasis on guitars. This has resulted through the years in a collection of more than 30 guitars from all over the world.
But for now, his focus is on The Fairchilds. As frontman, he helms the band with a lethal combination of commanding stage presence, solid vocals and confident guitar fretting. Our Revolution, the debut album from The Fairchilds, offers an insight into all these qualities with tracks ranging from sing-along rock songs to hauntingly seductive ballads.
Our Revolution, his musical vision for The Fairchilds combines bold, winning melodies with a broad perspective of the world and an unerring sense of uplift. That was buoyed by cutting edge British producer Jim Lowe, who has also worked with Stereophonics, Herbie Hancock and Foo Fighters. And justice, hope and promise are recurring themes.
In pursuit of his lifelong dream, Niccolai has relocated to the United States for the release of Our Revolution in 2012 and is presently planning a series of solo appearances live and on radio to introduce him to the land where rock began. He is also releasing a second single, “High”, featuring rock guitarist sensation Orianthi and re-mixed by renowned producer Mark Endert, who has also worked with Maroon 5, Rihanna and Madonna.
“It is a dream come true for me to be able to present the album in America,” he confides. “I can’t describe how happy, excited and proud I am but at the same time, it is tremendously intimidating when I think of all my musical heroes who hail from there. I just hope Our Revolution connects with the hearts and minds of the American audiences. And above all, I aspire to have fun, dream big, and share the moments music brings with audiences across the U.S.A., followed by The World.”