A French and Argentine composer born March 25, 1979 in Montevideo (Uruguay).
A pianist by training, Gabriel Sivak studied musicology and composition at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and at the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt, notably in the classes of Edith Canat de Chizy, Eric Tanguy and Philippe Leroux.
A skilful blend of rhythms, colours, South American culture and contemporary music, Sivak’s music is an invitation for travel, for the discovery of the world of Buenos Aires (the album A eco de palabras for bandoneon, piano and cello, 2005) and for the exploration of sound, mixing the traditional instrument manufacture of Latin America with western manufacture.
Sivak has composed chamber music (D'une rumeur évanouie for horn, percussion, harp, violin and viola, first performed by the ensemble TM+, 2009; Déesse de l'eau for horn in F, violin and piano, first performed by the ensemble 2e2m, 2014; Loveless land for soprano, tenor and piano, to a text by Oscar Wilde, 2015; Khatakali for piano, premiered by David Kadouch, 2019), music for ensemble (Ciudades limitrofes, commissioned by Radio France for the programme Alla Breve, 2012), orchestral music (Noche in Uyuni, 2010; Concerto for cello, string orchestra and percussion, 2020), choral music (Voyelles for children’s chorus and piano to a text by Arthur Rimbaud, premiered by the Maîtrise de Radio France, 2012; Le Raboteur de nuages for choir, harp, ondes Martenot, premiered by Choeur en Scène, Florence Bourdon and Nadia Ratsimandresy, 2018). His catalogue also includes many arrangements of tangos and of Brazilian and Cuban music.
Also a pianist, Sivak has appeared on concert platforms of the American and European continents with artistes such as Toquinho, Maria Creuza, Ophélie Gaillard, Emmanuel Rossfelder... In 2006 he founded the ensemble Contramarca, with which he performs his own music as well as that of Latin American composers (Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti…).