A French composer born August 17, 1946 in Roubaix.
André Bon studied music at the Paris Conservatory, notably in the composition class of Olivier Messiaen, who had, as did the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, a considerable influence on his training. Showing a predilection for sound masses with which he strives to play, André Bon pays great attention to the melodic line and is particularly sensitive to vocal expression. With some fifty works, his catalogue, in which the voice occupies a privileged position (Enquêtes, 1980; Le rapt de Perséphone, 1986; Que nous deux sur la terre, 1995; Iq et Ox, 2009) also includes pieces for varied groupings such as the orchestra (Poursuite, 1975; Émergence, 1980; Fresques, 2000), ensembles (Andare, 1978; Symphonie pour instruments à plectre, 2010) and chamber groups (Winter in Tokyo, 2000; Suonare IV for harp and harpsichord, 2003). In residence at the Villa Medici upon leaving the Conservatory, André Bon has since won many awards, notably from the Sacem, the Académie des Beaux-arts and the SACD. Winning the Kyoto Prize in 1999 enabled him to be in residence for six months at the Villa Kujoyama, and on his return he took on teaching responsibilities at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau and then at the Argenteuil Conservatory.