A French composer and clarinetist born December 24, 1959 in Chalon-sur-Saône.
Dominique Clément studied the clarinet, analysis, harmony and early counterpoint, yet considers himself self-taught as a composer.
With the pianists Sylvie Drouin and Françoise Matringe, the soprano Monica Jordan and the cellist Christophe Roy, he founded in 1983 the ensemble Aleph, within which he plays solo works and chamber music of the twentieth century.
Clément developed his musical language thanks to reading poets and novelists such as Claude Simon, Georges Perec, Jean-Jacques Viton and Jean-Jacques Roubaud. He composes mainly chamber music, for all sorts of formations: Didyme for cello, premiered by Christophe Roy at the festival Musique Action of Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (1994); Tresette for ensemble, commissioned by the French State and first performed by the ensemble 2e2m (1999); Temps bleu, piece for 50 saxophone players and video, commissioned by the French State (2003); On ne plaisante pas, Madame for trumpet and saxophone, premiered by Lutz Mandler and Pierre-Stéphane Meugé in 2009; Trio for accordion, bass clarinet, double bass and video projection by Louis Clément, premiered by the ensemble Aleph in 2014.
Dominique Clément has also written music for productions by the choreographer Sophie Mathey (Feuilleton, 1992; Trois histoires naturelles, commissioned by the festival Musicavoix of Evreux, 1996; La veuve de Robespierre s’ennuie, 1998…).
As a pedagogue Clément has also taught the clarinet, analysis, rhythm and improvisation at the Chalon-sur-Saône Conservatory, as well as at Cefedem Rhône-Alpes and the Lyons Conservatory.