A Belgian composer born November 23, 1953 in Liège (Belgium).
Bernard Foccroulle studied the organ at the Royal Liège Conservatory and took advanced classes notably with Xavier Darasse and Gustav Leonhardt. Passionately interested in both baroque and contemporary music, he notably recorded the organ works of Bach, Buxtehude and premiered the music of composers such as Philippe Boesmans, Brian Ferneyhough, Betsy Jolas, Xavier Darasse, Jonathan Harvey and Pascal Dusapin.
A French composer born June 8, 1954 in Lyon.
A musicologist by training, Bernard Fort was the co-founder in 1976 of the GMVL (Groupe de Musiques Vivantes de Lyon), a studio of acousmatic music. Laureate of Bourges Prizes in 1981 (Le Tombeau de William Byrd) and in 1993 (12 Haïku and L’impatience des limites), of the Villa Medici Fuori-i-muri Prize in 1996 as well as of the Chasseurs de Sons Prize of France Culture in 1994, 1995 and 1997, he composes mainly acousmatic music.
A French composer born March 28, 1949 in Limoges.
A flautist by training, Patrice Fouillaud studied at the Limoges Conservatory. He then began a career as an orchestral musician and music education teacher before following a composition course at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna with Franco Donatoni (1979). He followed advanced classes at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome (1980-1982), where he won a First Prize for composition.
A French composer born May 23, 1912 in Le Mans who died September 25, 1997.
Born into a family of musicians, Jean Françaix studied the piano, won a First Prize at the Paris Conservatory (1930) and studied composition with Nadia Boulanger.
A French composer and performer born February 13, 1947 in Pertuis.
A French composer born December 18, 1948 in La Tour du Pin.
With a diploma in art history, sociology and education sciences at Lyons University, James Giroudon studied music with Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatory. Committed to new technologies, he founded the Grame, a national centre for music creation, with Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou in Lyons in 1981 and was jointly in charge of its management and international development. It was with Jaffrennou that he also created, in 1992, the festival Musiques en Scènes, a multidisciplinary event and showcase for new tools for creation and computerised instrument making that has been biennial since 2002.
A German composer, stage director and artistic director born August 17, 1952 in Neustadt / Weinstrasse (Germany).
With a diploma in sociology and music from the University of Frankfurt, Heiner Goebbels is one of the representatives of music theatre. He draws on varied forms of artistic expression, from Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht as well as his earliest experiences in the domains of experimental rock, jazz and the extreme leftwing wind band the Sogenannten Linksradikalen Blasorchester that he founded in 1976.
A Polish composer born December 6, 1933 in Czernica, who died October 12, 2010 in Katowice (Poland).
A violinist by training, Henryk Gorecki studied composition at the Katowice Music Academy with Bolesław Szabelski, then in Paris, where he met Pierre Boulez, and in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Subsequently he never left Poland, impregnating his works with the culture and soul of his native land.
A French composer born December 10, 1962 near Lyon.
A cellist by training, Philippe Gouttenoire studied at the École Nationale de Musique in Villeurbanne with Antoine Duhamel, then at the Lyons Conservatory, notably with Raffi Ourgandjian, Gilbert Amy and Jean-Louis Florentz.
A French composer born August 16, 1930 in Grasse.
Lucien Guérinel, an enthusiastic autodidact, studied the piano and trained with André Jouve and Louis Saguer. A multi-facetted creative artiste, he is also a poet and cultivates his work with a sensitivity and a curiosity for photography, the cinema, painting and poetry.