A French composer born December 11, 1959 in Lille.
A cellist by training, Dominique de Williencourt is a disciple of the cellists André Navarra, Philippe Muller, Mstislav Rostropovich and of the composer Jean Hubeau. A instrumentalist of renown, he has appeared throughout the world and has won the Grand Prix of the Académie du Disque. Many composers have dedicated works to him, among them Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Lancino, Jean-Louis Florentz and François Vercken.
President of the association Pour que l’Esprit Vive (residencies and the Académie de la Prée), artistic director of the music production company Europ & Art, organiser of musical cruises, he is also, with Jean Ferrandis, the founder of the Ensemble EDGEDE.
In his works, de Williencourt has found inspiration in Genesis (Bersabée for cello and orchestra, 2004; Abraham et Isaac for baritone, flute and string orchestra, 2006), yet above all from his many travels. Tonality and atonality dialogue in memories of Armenia (Echmiadzine et le mont Ararat for cello, 1998), Tibet (Dharamsala, la montagne aux aromates for cello octet), Ukraine (Xer Xès for three cellos and string orchestra) and indeed Russia (Slava Valentin for cello octet, 2009).