A French composer and conductor born June 3, 1933 in Sainte-Savine.
An American composer born October 3, 1936 in New York.
A pianist and a percussionist, with a degree in philosophy, Steve Reich studied composition with the jazz player Hall Overton as well as at the Juilliard School. Il obtained a Master of Arts degree in music at Mills College after following the classes of Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud while steeping himself in jazz. In 1966 he founded his own ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, and this gave him a suitable framework for his experimental form of composition.
An Italian composer born February 3, 1963 in Roma (Italy).
A pianist by training, Lucia Ronchetti studied composition and computer music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She continued her training in Paris, following the composition and computer music course at Ircam and obtained a doctorate at the École Pratique des Hautes études. At Columbia University she presented a thesis entitled Tone-colour texture as formal determinant of composition. In the course of her apprenticeship she met Sylvano Bussotti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail and benefitted from their advice.
A French and Swiss composer, writer and stage director born July 13, 1961 in Chambéry.
A guitarist by training, Jean-Christophe Rosaz studied at the Lyons Conservatory, notably with Gilbert Amy, Raffi Ourgandjian and Robert Pascal, before finishing with a course in film music composition at the École Normale in Paris.
A French composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist born September 30, 1972 in Rouen
A British composer born December 19, 1967 in London.
A violinist by training, Rebecca Saunders studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm at the Musikhochschule of Karlsruhe and at Edinburgh University.
She explores tone-colours, breath sounds, breathing, and studies the relationship of instrumentalists with sounds in space. She frequently makes use of spatialisation processes (Chroma for ensemble and sound objets, 2003; Stirrings Still I for five players, 2006; Stasis for 16 soloists, first performed by the ensemble MusikFabrik, 2011). Silence is another fundamental element in her concept of music: she makes it audible, composes with and around it.
A French composer born January 24, 1942 in Le Mans.
A French composer born May 20, 1939 in Lille.
Trained at Versailles Conservatory, Jean Schwarz played percussion with various professional jazz groups before joining the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) from 1969 to 1999. He was also a CNRS engineer in the department of ethnomusicology in the Musée de l’Homme from 1965 to 1999, and teacher at the Gennevilliers Conservatory (1979-1997), where he set up the electroacoustic class. He founded and also directed Celia Records, a publishing company for producing his own music.
An Italian composer born in 1956 in Bursto Arsizio (Italy).
A Chinese composer born August 18, 1957 in Changsha (China).
Initiated into traditional Chinese stringed instruments, Tan Dun plays the viol and writes arrangements for Peking Opera. He studied at Peking Conservatory then in the USA, at Columbia University, where he discovered the minimalist and post-minimalist composers.