A French composer and performer born February 13, 1947 in Pertuis.
A flautist, Gérard Garcin interrupted his engineering studies to devote himself entirely to music, training at the conservatories of Toulon and Marseilles and, for composition, with Franco Donatoni in Milan and at the Accademia musicale Chigiana in Sienna. He contributed to the development of contemporary creation as solo flautist for Radio France and Radio Nacional de España and also as director of the music school in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, 1972-1983. After two years at the Casa de Velázquez (1984-1986), he had many composition residencies, taking part in the artistic and cultural projects of cities and institutions that welcomed him. He is interested in the text/music relationship, seeking an authentic lyrical language and collaborates notably with the authors Yvonne Quinzii and Max Loreau (Le matin d’Orphée, 1987; Dieu et deux font quatre, music theatre, 1995; Le dernier éclat, 2008). His catalogue, with more than 200 works, includes operas (Dans l’éclat du moment, 1986; La ultima puerta ou le dernier combat de Clorinde, 1987; Aux sources du fleuve, in memoriam Hector Berlioz, 2003), chamber music (Cinque per sei for six percussions, 1982), works for ensemble (2+2+2+2, 1976) and orchestra, concertos (Manège, 1985) as well as teaching pieces (Six Studies for young flautists, 1994). He was an inspector for creation and artistic teaching at the Ministry of Culture and Communication from 1990 to 2012.