A French composer born May 17, 1948 in Coursan.
In addition to studying the history of art in Montpellier, Henry Fourès followed music classes at the Paris Conservatory where he won First Prizes for harmony and counterpoint, analysis and composition. He completed his training at Berlin University (medieval musicology) and at the Vienna Academy (piano). Taking courses at the GRM from 1975 to 1977, Fourès was soon called upon to take on a role in the domain of teaching.
In 1982 he was appointed inspector for the Direction de la Musique et de la Danse, his mission to deal with training and creation. He initiated the setting up, within the ministry, of a new department for creation and music of today, being its technical director until 1990.
Artistic Director of the Muse en Circuit, president of the Laboratoire de musique et d'informatique in Marseilles, he was also director of the Lyons Conservatory from 2000 to 2009 before directing seminars at the behest of various European universities.
Fourès is nothing if not eclectic and has composed in highly varied musical genres: electronic pieces (Mittel Meer, 1999, commissioned by the WDR of Cologne; Correspondances, 2013, first performed at the festival Musica), mixed music (L'espace des songes, 2011; Correspondances avec instruments, 2017), or works of more ‘classical’ aspect (Méditation sur le scorpion for string quartet, 2004; Flors for vocal ensemble and percussion, 2014; Cymbalum Mundi for 6 percussionists and Balinese gamelan, 2015).
Through his music for the image, dance and stage, his radiophonic and Hörspiel works, as well as the setting up of interactive installations, his production has readily opened out to other arts in many different fields.