A French composer born in 1979.
A pianist by training, François Meïmoun studied at the Conservatory of Angers and then the Paris Conservatory, notably with Michael Levinas (musical analysis) and Allain Gaussin (composition). He wrote a thesis at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales entitled La construction du langage de Pierre Boulez, 1942-1948.
An heir to Ravel, he set to music poems of Antonin Artaud (Tara, 2012, commissioned by the Festival of Chaillol), Arthur Rimbaud (String quartet IV, Fragments d'un journal d'enfer, 2013, commissioned by the ProQuartet), Paul Celan (Partie de neige, 2015) and also Géraldine Aïdan (Les pas mêlés, 2011, commissioned by the festival Zeitkunst in Berlin).
He works on sound and on instrumental resources in close collaboration with his performers, who include the Ardeo Quartet (String Quartet III, 2013, premiered at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord), Christophe Desjardins (Concerto for viola and orchestra, Le chant des barbares, 2014, commissioned by Radio France). His music demands maximum energy from within his performers, often with little silence and few pauses.
François Meïmoun is also director of the book collection XX-XXI devoted to contemporary music and published by Aedam Musicae.