A French composer and conductor born June 3, 1933 in Sainte-Savine.
Yves Prin studied the piano with Yves Nat and conducting with Louis Fourestier at the Paris Conservatory. Chief assistant of Bruno Maderna at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he was then music director successively of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire, of the Atelier Lyrique du Rhin and of the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, before taking charge for French Radio of contemporary music and music theatre. He also produced concert series and was artistic director of the Présences festival. As a composer, after an initial dodecaphonic serial period (Au souffle d'une voix, 1968), he sought more poetic and refined atmospheres (Dioscures, 1977). He has composed instrumental music for all kinds of groupings (Le souffle d'Iris, concerto for flute and orchestra, 1992; In Praise of Flight, concerto for piano and orchestra, 2000) though it has been the voice above all that has featured in his output, and this is reflected in his passion for a specifically lyrical language and a dramaturgical vision of music. Among other works are an opera (Soie, 2009), very many songs (De amor desesperado, 1998; Quatre Haïkaï, 2003) as well as a melodrama, Cantique de l'ombre (2012) and a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra Archipel de soie (2012).