A French composer born May 17, 1948 in Coursan.
In addition to studying the history of art, Henry Fourès entered the Paris Conservatory where he traced a brilliant path, winning First Prizes in the classes of harmony and counterpoint, analysis and composition. Subsequently, in Germany and Austria, he was able to develop his talents, studying respectively medieval musicology and the piano. A trainee at the GRM from 1975 to 1977, Henry Fourès was rapidly called upon to assume responsibilities in the domain of teaching. In 1982 he was appointed inspector for the Direction de la Musique et de la Danse, with the mission of overseeing successively training and creation, to which he was particularly devoted. It was at his urging that, within the ministry, a new department was set up dedicated to creation and the music of today, he being its technical director until he left in 1990. Making use of highly varied musical genres, including, for example, electronic pieces (Mittel Meer, 1999), mixed (L'espace des songes, 2011), and those more ‘classical’ in construction (Méditation sur le scorpion, 2004), the composer makes no attempt to hide his eclecticism. From music for images, dance or the stage to radiophonic creation and the hörspiel via interactive installations, his production readily opens out to the other arts and touches many domains. Yet the activities of Henry Fourès are not limited merely to composition. As a pianist he again stands out through his institutional responsibilities: the artistic director of La Muse en Circuit, president of the Laboratoire de Musique et d’Informatique in Marseilles, he was also head of the Lyons Conservatory from 2000 to 2009.