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A Polish composer and conductor born November 23, 1933 in Debica, died March 29, 2020 in Krakow.
A violinist and pianist by training, Krzysztof Penderecki studied composition at the Krakow Music Academy (1954-1958) notably with Artur Malawski and Stanislaw Wiechowicz. He rapidly acquired international fame with his first works in the serial vein (Strophen, 1959 ; Anaklasis, 1960).
A French composer born August 1st, 1980 in Paris.
Florent Motsch studied at the Paris Conservatory, notably with Marc-André Dalbavie and Frédéric Durieux. In parallel he gained a musicology degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris. A laureate of the Beaumarchais Foundation, he has also won several prizes since 2008 and was in residence at the Casa de Velàzquez from 2010 to 2012. He has received commissions from the French State (Cinq paysages avec figures absentes, 2009), from Radio France (El beso, 2012) and from private foundations.
A French composer born May 20, 1979 in Bourg-en-Bresse.
A saxophonist and guitarist by training, Karl Naegelen is interested in all kinds of music, from jazz to rock, from classical to contemporary music. He studied at the Lyons Conservatory, notably with Robert Pascal and Denis Lorrain, as well as at the Musikhochschule of Hamburg.
Passionately fond of improvisation and extra-European music, he has made several trips to Surakarta in Indonesia seeking to conserve, in his own style, the smoothness and spontaneity characteristic of music in oral traditions through a constant quest for qualities of sound and tone-colour.
A French composer born May 30, 1925 in Fleury-sur-Andelle, who died February 14, 1998.
A pianist and organist by training, Claude Prey studied harmony and composition at the Paris Conservatory in the classes of Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud. At the same time he won a degree in letters as well as a higher diploma in aesthetics at the Sorbonne, before embarking on a series of journeys that led him to discover the tales and folk music of the Amerindians of South America and also the French folklore of Canada.
A French composer born July 3, 1927 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, who died March 18, 2016 in Paris.
A pianist by training, Jean Prodromidès entered the Paris Conservatory in 1945, where he followed in particular the classes of Olivier Messiaen, Noël Gallon and Louis Fourestier before completing his training with René Leibowitz.
An English composer born January 2, 1905 in London, who died January 8, 1998 in London.
A pianist by training, Michael Tippett studied at the Royal College of Music in London (1923-1928), where he was the pupil of, notably, Charles Wood and C.H. Kitson for composition. Dissatisfied with his earliest works, he destroyed them and then took advanced classes in counterpoint with R.O. Morris, as well as in fugue and orchestration.
A French composer born April 8, 1928 in Paris, who died December 11, 2005.
A choirmaster when already a teenager, François Vercken composed choral music as an autodidact. At the age of 27 he entered the Schola Cantorum, studying counterpoint with Daniel-Lesur, harmony and composition with Serge Nigg. Passionately fond of jazz, which reverberates throughout his brass quintet Marina de Talaris (1969), he has shown great curiosity with regard to composers of the Renaissance (Fanfares en mémoire de Claude Lejeune, 1982) and such classical composers as Joseph Haydn or his contemporaries Maurice Ohana, Henri Dutilleux and Guy Reibel.
A French composer born June 21, 1958 in Saint-Omer.
After his studies at the Paris Conservatory (Pierre Schaeffer, Guy Reibel) and at the University of California San Diego (Roger Reynolds, Jean-Charles François), Nicolas Vérin collaborated with many composers and institutions, including Pierre Henry, Vinko Globokar, Michaël Levinas, Ircam, Ina-GRM. He teaches electro-acoustic and instrumental composition at the Evry Conservatory.
An English composer born June 10, 1960 in Corringham (Essex).
A pianist by training, Mark-Anthony Turnage was nurtured on classical music together with traditional music and jazz. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Olivier Knussen and John Lambert and then with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood in the USA.
FRANCESCONI Luca (1956)
FRANCOIS Jean-Charles (1942)
FRANÇOIS Renaud (1943)
FREMIOT Marcel (1920-2018)
FRESLIER Didier (1960)
FRIZE Nicolas (1950)
FUJIKURA Dai (1977)
FUKUSHIMA Kazuo (1930)
FULKERSON Christopher A. (1954)
FULKERSON James (1945)
FURRER Beat (1954)
GABRIELE Georges (1955)
GAGNEUX Renaud (1947-2018)
GAIGNE Pascal (1958)
GANTCHIKOVA Elena (1967)
GAO Weijie (1938)
GARCIA Xavier (1959)
GARCIN Gérard (1947)
GARIN Didier Marc (1963)
GARRIDO Tomas (1955)
GASPARIAN Gérard (1960)
GASPAROV Alexandre (1961)
GAUSSIN Allain (1943)
GAUTHIER Florent (1969)
GEAY Gérard (1945)
GEHLHAAR Rolf (1943)