A French composer born February 20, 1955 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
A guitarist by training, Christine Mennesson studied composition and electroacoustics at the Paris Conservatory. She completed her training by studying analysis with Tristan Murail, composition with Franco Donatoni in Italy (1985-1989) and developed her knowledge of early musical languages (tablatures, Renaissance counterpoint, Gregorian chant). She also followed Ircam’s computer composition course in 1991.
Interested in the music of India, she made a memorable trip to Asia in 1993. On her return she wrote an opera seeking to express a unity between music, word and theatrical representation. Working on sound, she developed an iridescent poetic through the fusion of tone-colours and their harmonic emanations. She has composed for all groupings: chamber music (Miquitzli for string quartet, 1989; Nun for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin and cello, 1991, premiered by the ensemble Contrechamps for Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont; Infinite breathing 5 for clarinet and bass clarinet, 2015), ensemble music (Pyanissino for wind band, 1990, first performed by the Orchestre de Flûtes Français), vocal and choral music (Comme un souffle de joie for mezzo-soprano and clapping hands, 2009; Feet echoing in the corridors of time for 4 female voices, 2014), as well as teaching music (Fusion for 8 flutes and 9 female singers, 2013; La fête des arbres for amateur chorus, 2014).
Mennesson teaches analysis, style-invention and improvisation to both professionals and young musicians, notably by means of body percussion. She has started a course for clapping, which she integrates into the practice and oral transmission of music.