Daniel D’Adamo (Argentina, 1966)
Daniel D’Adamo studied composition with Philippe Manoury at the CNSMD in Lyon before going on to the composition course at the IRCAM. In 1998 he was artist in residence at the Villa Medici in Rome. He was awarded the Boucourechliev Prize (for Frontières-Alliages), the SACEM Spring Prize (for Dream of Bells), and the Charles Cros Academy Prize (for Plier / Déplier). He has taught musical analysis at the CNSMD in Paris, and currently teaches composition at Strasbourg Conservatoire and at HEAR – Strasbourg Music Academy.
Daniel D’Adamo’s music explores different time scales, with a constantly shifting relationship between form and figure. The investigation of sound-spaces is another important parameter in his work, as well as the kinship between electronic and acoustic sounds.
His music is regularly performed in France and abroad by numerous soloists, orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has taken part in many festivals such as Musica, Manifeste, Présences, Aix-en-Privence festival, the Musique en Scène biennale, Les Musiques, Voix Nouvelles (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), Inventionen (Germany), Nuova Consonanza, Roma-Europa, Traiettorie (Italy), Journées de Contrechamps, Archipel (Switzerland), inter alia.
His monodrama La haine de la musique, with a libretto by Pascal Quignard, was premiered in 2014 at the Musica festival. Kamchatka, his first chamber opera with an original libretto by Marcelo Figueras, will be premiered in November 2016 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and later transfer to the Théâtre Dunois in Paris.
Philippe Hurel (France, 1955)
A composer of fecund contradictions, Philippe Hurel combines spectral elements with computer-generated polyphony and a very personal ‘groove’. He uses micro-intervals to construct complex harmonic and rhythmic structures, through his research on computer-generated music and synthetic sounds at the IRCAM (Leçon de choses, 1993; Hors-Jeu, 2006; Tour à tour II, 2015). The orchestral cycle Tour à tour, begun in 2008 and premiered in 2015 by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, shows renewed focus on timbre and spectral fusion, and a deliberate ambiguity between perceived timbre and lines.
Philippe Hurel trained at the CNSMD in Paris before gaining a residency at the Villa Medici in Rome (1986-88). In 1991, together with Pierre-André Valade, he co-founded ensemble Court-circuit, whose artistic director he remains to this day.
He taught computer music at the IRCAM from 1997 to 2001, and since 2013 has been professor of composition at the CNSMD in Lyon.
His most recent works were commissioned by Quatuor Arditti / Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Quatuor Diotima, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Staatstheater Cottbus and Les Éléments / Britten chorus / Musicatreize.
The DVD of his opera Les Pigeons d’argile (éOle Records) was released in 2015 and received the 2015 SACEM award of the Académie du Disque Lyrique. A monograph recording, Traits, was released in 2016 by Motus.
Created “by a composer for composers”, ensemble Court-circuit was founded in 1991 by composer Philippe Hurel and conductor Pierre-André Valade. From the outset, Court-circuit was intended as a platform for experimentation, an artistic project that embraces risk-taking and freedom.
The ensemble is bound by its strong commitment to contemporary musical creation. Its musicians and conductor Jean Deroyer contribute their determination and virtuosity, giving Court-circuit its dynamic, rhythmic, incisive character. Court-circuit is involved in many multidisciplinary projects. It took part in dance projects for the Paris Opera, then went on to premiere chamber operas with the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (The Second Woman and Mimi by Frédéric Verriès, directed by Guillaume Vincent) and the Opéra-Comique (La princesse légère by Violeta Cruz, directed by Jos Houben, premiere in 2017).
Court-circuit is involved in regular teaching projects at conservatoires in the Ile-de-France region. In 2012, the ensemble became based in the Hauts-de-Seine. In 2014-15, it was in residence at Gennevilliers Conservatoire, before going on to a residency at the Vanves theatre. The ensemble had recorded over a dozen award-winning CDs.
Jean Deroyer (France)
After studying at the CNSMD in Paris, Jean Deroyer was appointed assistant conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 2003, for two seasons. Since then he has enjoyed a close relationship with the ensemble, and has toured with them in Germany and Japan. In 2007, he conducted Gruppen (for 3 orchestras and 3 conductors) alongside Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne festival.
He has been musical director of ensemble Court-circuit since 2008 and principal conductor of the Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie since 2014. He has also conducted orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra from Tokyo, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the RSO Stuttgart, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Luxemburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio-France Philharmonic Orchestra, inter alia. Jean Deroyer is a committed proponent of new music, and regularly works with composers such as Hanspeter Kyburz, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Michael Jarrell and Yan Maresz.
In recent years, he has premiered operas like Thierry Pécou’s L’Amour Coupable at Rouen Opera, or Georges Aperghis’ Les Boulingrin with Klangforum Wien at the Paris Opéra Comique. He has toured with Michael Jarrell’s monodrama Cassandre.
L’Instant Donné (France)
L’Instant Donné is a singular instrumental ensemble dedicated to performing new chamber music in a collegiate way, without a conductor. This flexible ensemble was founded in 2002 around a core group of 9 musicians. Their interpretations show a very distinctive approach, based on a close scrutiny of the score, a holistic understanding of the piece, attentive mutual listening, and almost symbiotic playing. This approach allows L’Instant Donné to remain ever alert, resulting in performances that are at once intense, lively and exquisitely detailed. These musicians are able to play the most virtuoso ensemble pieces without a conductor; they give their audiences thrilling moments of chamber music, as passionate as they are precise and nuanced. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the late 19th century to the present time, with the occasional foray into older music, while focusing essentially on close collaboration with the composers of today (monographic concerts of music by Frédéric Pattar, Stefano Gervasoni, Gérard Pesson or Johannes Schölhorn).
L’Instant Donné has played in numerous festivals and major venues – Festival d’Automne in Paris, Wittener Tage, Musikprotokoll in Graz, Lille Opera, Luxemburg Philharmonic, inter alia. Since 2005, the ensemble has been a regular guest at the Échangeur theatre in Bagnolet for many premiere performances.
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