A French composer born June 18, 1970 in Roanne.
With a diploma from the Lyons Conservatory, Stéphane Magnin composes instrumental works (Ant-inferno for ensemble, 2015), mixed works (Nicorni for horn and electroacoustics, 2001, a work revived by the ensemble L’Itinéraire; Contamination et croissance for clarinet, accordion, double bass and electroacoustics, 2005;) and media based music. He also works with other artistes for new stage and dance works, and writes music for documentaries and short films.
Magnin has received commissions, notably from Grame (Monde Flottant for ensemble and electroacoustics, first performed by the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, 2006 - a laureate of the Grame/EOC competition, 2004), the ensemble Almaviva, the ensemble Instant Donné (Respi for flute, percussion and string trio, 2010), Radio France (À corps for the programme Alla Breve with the Orchestre National de France, 2014) and some teaching commissions from the French state (Charivari, double concerto for trombone, tuba and children’s ‘noise orchestra’, 2010; Vitry aux arbres for ensemble of flutes and clarinets, 2012).
His encounter with Gérard Pesson in 2006 was decisive for his aesthetic evolution. He asserted a predilection for sound, poetic expression, and linked his artistic approach to what can be perceived and sensed. His investigations concern sound textures and modes of play (Ant-inferno), the relationship of the performer to his instrument. Come to music via percussion, he has cultivated a taste for rhythm, energy and percussive colours as in Whiplash for Les Percussions de Strasbourg (2017).
His works are published by Le Chant du Monde.