A French composer born January 19, 1977 in Brest.
Benoît Menut studied at the Brest Conservatory (violin, trumpet) then at the Regional Paris Conservatory before entering the main Paris Conservatory, notably in the classes of Jacques Castérède, Jacques Charpentier and Alain Mabit. At the same time he studied with Olivier Greif (1998-2000).
Passionately fond of literature, poetry and the chanson, Benoît Menut is interested in the text-music relationship as well as in the evocative and inspirational potential of a text. He has composed many works for the voice: Allez dire à la ville for chorus, poem by Xavier Grall, first performed by Les Cris de Paris; Le baiser de marbre noir for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano to a text of Christian Bobin (2010), CD recording by the ensemble Accroche Note; Lettre à Louise (2011), first performed by the Mikrokosmos chorus; Un grand vent s’est levé (2013) first performed by the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris. Menut also enjoys writing for strings, witness the Trio in memoriam Oliver Greif for violin, cello and piano (2008), the Micro-suite for cello premiered by Ophélie Gaillard at the Flâneries Musicales de Reims in 2009, and Un poème, rhapsody for violin and orchestra (2015), commissioned by the Regional Paris Conservatory. A prolific composer (more than 60 works), he has also composed orchestral works: L’année du daim (2013), first performed by the Orchestre du Pays de Savoie; Symphonie pour une plume (2016), first performed by the Orchestre de Bretagne, with which he is currently in residence (2015-2017).
His music, lyrical and structured, is the reflection of an inner energy, untrammelled by notions of school and based on various musical means, materials and modes of treatment, in order to express itself with complete freedom.
The holder of a teaching degree in musical training, Menut is also the author of biographies and manuals of musical rudiments.