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Gérard Pesson

Gérard Pesson was born in Torteron (Cher, France) in 1958. After studying literature and musicology at the Sorbonne and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris he founded Entretemps, a magazine for contemporary music, in 1986. From 1990 to 1992 he received the scholarship of Villa Medici in Rome.

He has won a number of awards, including the composition award of Studium International in Toulouse in 1986, the award of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in 1994, the prize of the Fondation Pierre de Monaco in May 1996, and the music award of the Akademie der Künste Berlin in March 2007.
In 2004, his diaries were published by Van Dieren under the title Cran d’arrêtdu beau temps.

His opera Pastorale, a work based on Honoré d’Urfé’s L’Astrée and commissioned by the Stuttgart opera house, was premiered in May 2006 (French premiere in June 2009 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, directed by Pierrick Sorin). The Festival d’automne 2008 in Paris dedicated a major part of its program to Pesson’s music.

His first portrait CD was released by Accord Una corda in 1996. Mes béatitudes, performed by Ensemble Recherche, was released by Æon in 2001; and in 2009, Aggravations et final, performed by the WDR Orchestra and Ensemble Modern, will also be released by Æon.

Since 2006 Gérard Pesson teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur deMusique in Paris.

Photo: Daguet Editions Henry Lemoine
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