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.
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).
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.
A French pianist, composer and arranger born November 14, 1943 in Vaires-sur-Marne.
A pianist by training, Jean-Claude Petit studied at the Paris Conservatory before turning towards jazz and accompanying notably Dexter Gordon and Kenny Clarke. He then turned to popular song, becoming an arranger, orchestrator and composer for Julien Clerc, Gilbert Bécaud, Serge Lama, Claude François and others. He has also collaborated with stage musicals (La Révolution française; 36 Front populaire) and has conducted leading classical orchestras (London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, etc.).
The Composer at Work: Pierre JodlowskiFilmed interview Interviewed by: Grégoire Tosser
A French composer born May 31, 1942 in Lyons.
A French composer, teacher and conductor born February 18, 1960.
A guitarist by training, and a pupil of Alberto Ponce, Philippe Démier studied at the Paris Conservatory, notably in the classes of Marius Constant, Michel Merlet and Claude Ballif.
A French composer born October 1st, 1956.
A self-taught musician, Sylvain Kassap met Luc Ferrari at the University of Paris-Vincennes, where he followed a degree course in ethnomusicology. A saxophonist and specialist of the bass clarinet, he worked with Michel Portal and Bernard Vitet before distinguishing himself in improvised music and jazz, in particular in collaboration with actors (Jacques Bonnaffé, Philippe Duquesne, etc.), writers (François Bon, Jacques Darras, etc.), electroacoustic technicians (éRikm, Thierry Balasse, etc.) or with groups he himself directs.