A French composer born in 1971 in Boulogne Billancourt.
After studying analysis, orchestration and composition with Hacène Larbi, Jérôme Combier entered the Paris Conservatory in 1997 in the classes of Emmanuel Nunes for composition and Michaël Levinas for analysis. Resident at the Fondation Royaumont in 1998, he then effected a stay in Japan. He followed the composition and computer music course of Ircam (2001-2002) and then for two years was active as both composer and conductor in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In residence at the Villa Medici (2005-2006), it was there that he met the visual artiste Raphaël Thierry, who prepared the visual installation for the cycle Vies silencieuses (2004-2006), the CD recording of this work receiving the Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros. He was involved in many other collaborations, notably with the video artiste Pierre Nouvel for Noir gris (2006), an installation based on a text of Samuel Beckett presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou; with the librettist Atiq Rahimi for the opera Terre et cendres, commissioned by Lyons Opera (2012). He also worked regularly with Ircam: Stèles d’air, written for the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Festival d’Automne in Paris (2007); Gone for clarinet, piano, string trio and electronics, commissioned by the French State, first performed by the ensemble Accroche Note at the festival Musica (2010); Dawnlight for flute, piano, violin, cello and electronics, first performed by the ensemble Cairn (2015). He has composed for various prestigious performers: Pays de vent, les Hébrides, for the Orchestre National de France, premiered at Radio France Alla Breve (2003); Estran, premiered by the Ensemble Recherche at the Festival d’Automne in Paris (2005); Rust for the ensemble 2e2m (2009); Ruins, first performed by the Orchestre National de Lyon (2011); Die finsteren Gewässer der Zeit, first performed by the ensemble Court-Circuit (2013); Freezing fields, premiered by the cellist Anssi Karttunen and the pianist Nicolas Hodges at the Festival Présences 2017.
Artistic Director of the ensemble Cairn that he co-founded in 1997, Jérôme Combier has won the Prix de la Vocation of the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet (2001), the Prix Pierre Cardin of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (2006) as well as the Prix Nouveau Talent of the SACD (2012). Also a teacher, he teaches sound and musical creation at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts of Paris-Cergy and gives masterclasses, notably at the University of Berkeley (San Francisco), the conservatories of Anvers, Liège, Lugano, the Abbaye de Royaumont, the universities Unesp of Sao Paulo and McGill of Montreal.