A French composer born February 19, 1954 in Paris.
Born into the artistic family of the Casadesus, Dominique Probst studied at the Paris Conservatory and won the composition prize of the Fondation Nadia et Lili Boulanger. He was solo timpanist for the Orchestre Colonne (1973-2015) and teaches at the Levallois-Perret Conservatory and the Conservatory of the XVIth arrondissement of Paris.
Probst has composed works for the radio, television, stage and ballet (Homo ipse delet, 1972, premiered at the Cité Universitaire in Paris) and has worked notably with Maurice Béjart, Francis Huster, Jean Marais and Laurent Terzieff.
He has also written operas (Maximilien Kolbe, 1988, to a libretto by Eugène Ionesco; La petite Sirène, commissioned by the French State 1993; Motherland, 2002), chamber music (Psaume 62 for soprano and piano, 1997, premiered at Radio France; Powolny Walc for clarinet and piano, 2016) and music for orchestra: L’île de lumière for percussion, harp, celesta and string orchestra (first performed in 1994 by the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus), On the same wavelength for violin and orchestra (first performed in 1999 by Didier Lockwood and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on the occasion of an Alla Breve broadcast), L’origine du monde for rock trio and orchestra (2006), Nuées for orchestra (2013).
An independent figure on the French musical landscape, Dominique Probst reveals eclectic influences that range from the music of Henri Dutilleux to that of Herbie Hancock.