A Polish composer born December 6, 1933 in Czernica, who died October 12, 2010 in Katowice (Poland).
A violinist by training, Henryk Gorecki studied composition at the Katowice Music Academy with Bolesław Szabelski, then in Paris, where he met Pierre Boulez, and in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Subsequently he never left Poland, impregnating his works with the culture and soul of his native land.
A French composer born December 10, 1962 near Lyon.
A cellist by training, Philippe Gouttenoire studied at the École Nationale de Musique in Villeurbanne with Antoine Duhamel, then at the Lyons Conservatory, notably with Raffi Ourgandjian, Gilbert Amy and Jean-Louis Florentz.
A French composer born August 16, 1930 in Grasse.
Lucien Guérinel, an enthusiastic autodidact, studied the piano and trained with André Jouve and Louis Saguer. A multi-facetted creative artiste, he is also a poet and cultivates his work with a sensitivity and a curiosity for photography, the cinema, painting and poetry.
A Spanish composer born July 7, 1951 in Linares (Spain) who died January 1st, 1997.
A pupil of Juan Alfonso Garcia, Francisco Guerrero Marin has devoted himself to the organ and composition. He has shown a particular interest in electroacoustic music, founding an electronic music laboratory at Grenada Radio (1969) and setting up the department of electronic music at the University of Las Palmas (1985).
A French composer, organist and improviser born April 18, 1930 in Angers, died January 26, 2019 in Paris.
An organist by training, Jean Guillou studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen. He went on to teach the organ and composition, organised master classes around the world, particularly on performance and improvisation at the organ, and was titular organist of the church of Saint-Eustache in Paris from 1963 to 2014.
Georg Friedrich HAAS
An Austrian composer born August 16, 1953 in Graz (Austria).
A pianist by training, Georg Friedrich Haas studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Graz then at that in Vienna, with respectively Gösta Neuwirth and Friedrich Cerha. He completed his training with a summer course at Darmstadt as well as a composition and computer music course at Ircam.
A Swiss composer, oboist and conductor born May 21, 1939 in Langenthal.
A student at the Bern Conservatory, Heinz Holliger was a pupil of Emile Cassagnaud (oboe) and Sandor Veress (composition). Gaining a degree in 1958, he led an international career as an oboist and in parallel followed composition classes with Pierre Boulez in Basel (1961-1963). A virtuoso instrumentalist, he has developed new ways of playing and has been the inspiration for many new works (notably by Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen, etc.).
A Japanese composer born January 1st, 1955 in Hiroshima.
Toshio Hosokawa studied the piano, harmony and counterpoint in Japan before becoming a pupil of Isang Yun at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (1976). He completed his training at the Hochschule für Musik in Fribourg in Brisgau (1983-1986) with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough. The founder, in 1989, of a contemporary music festival in Akiyoshidai (Japan), he was then appointed composer in residence with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and then director of the International Music Festival in Takefu and was invited to all the leading festivals of contemporary music in Europe.
A Swiss composer born November 30, 1924 in Bern, died October 2, 2017 in Perugia (Italy).
A violinist by training, Klaus Huber studied composition at the Zurich Conservatory with Willy Burkhard, then in Berlin with Boris Blacher. Having taught the violin at the Zurich Conservatory (1950-1960), he directed successively the composition classes of the Musikakademie in Basel and of the Musikhochschule in Fribourg-in-Brisgau.
Pierre Alain JAFFRENNOU
Composer, set designer and film and musical show director, born in 1939 in Besançon.
With a diploma in the sciences (maths, terrestrial physics, etc.), Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou studied at the Conservatoire de Besançon, as well as th Paris Conservatory in the electro-acoustic class of Pierre Schaeffer.