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After composers exploring music in more experimental languages and aesthetics (from Philippe Fénelon to Misato Mochizuki), the Festival wanted to offer composers who are part of a legacy of tonal and modern writing (Guillaume Connesson, Philippe Hersant, Éric Tanguy).

Camille Pépin - 2020/2021

2020 : composer of the year in Victoires de la Musique Classique for her work The Sound of Trees
2020/2021 : residency in Festival International de musique de Besançon
2019 : release of the album Chamber Music (NoMadMusic)
2018 : nominated for the Trente Eclaireurs Vanity Fair
2018/2019 : Orchestre de Picardie residence
2017 : Music Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts
Novembre 2015 : Sacem Prize Symphonic Music "Young Composer »
Avril 2015 : World Premiere of Vajrayana in Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre national d'Île de France

Born in 1990, Camille Pepin is one of the most successful rising young composers of her generation. She began her musical studies at the Regional Conservatory in Amiens, studied with Thibaut Perrine and then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she was awarded first prizes (orchestration, analyse, harmonie, contrepoint and fugue & formes). She studied notably with composers Thierry Escaich, Guillaume Connesson, and Marc-André Dalbavie - all of whom were paramount in her musical journey.
She won numerous prizes : Jury & Audience Prizes at the composition competition Ile de Créations 2015, "young composer" Grand Prize SACEM 2015, Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts 2017, Trente Eclaireurs Vanity Fair 2018 and then, she is « composer of the year 2020 » at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Her works have been played by numerous orchestras (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Live Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre national de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre national d’Île de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de Picardie). They are conducted notably by Mikko Franck, Fabien Gabel, Ben Glassberg, Karen Kamensek, Leonard Slatkin & Arie Van Beek. In her concertos and chamber music, she works with Guillaume Bellom, Adélaïde Ferrière, Hermès Quartet, Julien Hervé, Thibault Lepri, Yan Levionnois, Fiona McGown, Trio Métral, Raphaëlle Moreau, Célia Oneto Bensaid, Ensemble Polygones, Anaëlle Tourret.
She is invited by numerous festivals & events (Festival de Besançon, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Concours Long-Thibaud, Festival des Arcs, Présences, Messiaen, Aix-en-Provence, Musikstage Mondsee) and her works have been played in the most prestigious concert halls (Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie, Barbican Center London, Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium de Radio France, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, Müpa in Budapest, Bozar in Bruxelles, Konzerthuset Stockholm, Konzerthaus Dortmund etc).
She is composer in residence with the Orchestre de Picardie in 2018 & 2019 and in festival de Besançon from 2019 to 2021.
Her first album Chamber Music is unanimously praised by the press (NoMadMusic, 2019).
Camille is a grant recipient of the Foundation Banque Populaire. Her works are published by Billaudot, Durand-Salabert-Eschig & Jobert.

Éric Tanguy - 2018/2019

Born in Caen in 1968, Eric Tanguy has become one of the most widely performed and broadcast French composers of our days. A student of Horatiu Radulescu, he subsequently completed his education with Ivo Malec, Gérard Grisey and Betsy Jolas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, from which he graduated in 1991.

Eric Tanguy has been distinguished with numerous awards and prizes along the years. In November 2012, he received the “Grand prix de la SACEM”, the highest distinction for achievements throughout a career, and in April 2014 the Composers’ “Grand prix des Lycéens” was awarded by high school students from all across France. He was twice declared “Composer of the Year” at the Victoires de la musique classique (in 2004 and 2008).

He was also the recipient of the Stipendienpreis in Darmstadt (1988), the “Villa Medicis hors les murs” prize (1989), the Prize of the French-German Cultural Council (1991), the Villa Medicis Competition (1992), the Kranichstein Musikpreis in Darmstadt (1992), the André-Caplet Prize of the Institut de France (1995) and the Hervé-Dugardin Prize of the SACEM (1997). A resident of the Académie de France in Rome (1993-1994), Eric Tanguy was a guest of the Tanglewood Music Center (1995) on a special invitation from Henri Dutilleux. He was composer in residence in Champagne-Ardenne (1995), in Lille (1996), at the Orchestre de Bretagne (between 2001 and 2003) and at the Festival des Arcs (2011). He was guest composer at the Festival “Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui” in Caen (2007) and the Holstebro Festival in Denmark (2012). In 2015, he was resident composer at Kone Foundation (Saari residence) in Finland, and Guest composer at Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove (Great Britain) at the invitation of Steven Isserlis.

Since 2002, Eric Tanguy is teaching composition at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas and since October 2017 at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. His reputation as a composer and professor brought him invitations for masterclasses and lectures all around the world (New England Conservatory, Cardiff University, Royal Academy and Royal College in London, UCLA in Los Angeles where he was appointed Lecturer in composition during the fall 2014, USC and Colburn School in Los Angeles, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Composers’ Union in Zagreb, French Music Academy in Kyoto, Sibelius Academy, but also institutions from Belgium, Denmark, Spain etc). He was invited in numerous television and radio shows in France and abroad.

His output comprises more than hundred works to this day, ranging from solo pieces to concertos, vocal pieces and symphonic works. They have been included into the repertoire of major performers of our time : conductors (Alain Altinoglu, Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Jesús López Cobos, Paul Daniel, Sofi Jeannin, Paavo Järvi, Theodor Guschlbauer, jurjen Hempel, Louis Langrée, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Marko Letonja, Ariane Matiakh, Ville Matvejeff, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, Christopher Russel,Yutaka Sado, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Heinrich Schiff, Stefan Sanderling, Otto Tausk), soloists (Piotr Anderszewski, Nicholas Angelich, Suzana Bartal, Frank Braley, Renaud et Gautier Capuçon, Henri Demarquette, Anne Gastinel, Ivry Gitlis, François-Frédéric Guy, Natalia Gutman, François Leleux, Igor Levit, Vahan Mardirossian, Emmanuel Pahud, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Akiko Suwanai, Janne Thomsen, Cecilia Tsan) as well as actors such as Michel Blanc, who premiered Tanguy’s monodrama Sénèque, dernier jour in 2004; ensembles (Quatuor Arditti, Quatuor Attaca, Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Modigliani, Quatuor Psophos, Quatuor Rosamonde, Quatuor Ysaÿe, Trio Wanderer, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Köln, Tokyo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta) and numerous French and foreign orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Strasbourg, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre d’Aarhus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Florida Orchestra, Gävle Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Sinfonia, Liège Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mainz Orchestra, Minsk Orchestra, Novossibirsk Orchestra,Radio Kamer Filharmonie(Nederland), Rome Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Roma Tre Orchestra, Rostov Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Royal Northern Philharmonia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Ljubljana Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, etc.)

In 2001, Mstislav Rostropovitch commissioned and premiered Tanguy’s Second Cello Concerto at the Flâneries Musicales in Reims, following which he performed it again in Boston and at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. Just a few years later, in 2007, Anne Gastinel premiered (again at the Flâneries Musicales in Reims) In Terra Pace, an homage to Mstislav Rostropovitch, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France conducted by Michel Plasson. In 2009, for its thirtieth anniversary, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris premiered “In Excelsis” for orchestra at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Tanguy was also commissioned the compulsory piece by the 9th Mstislav Rostropovitch Cello Competition for which he wrote “Invocation” for solo cello (premiered in November 2009). Only a year later, his vocal piece “Les mains papillon” for mixed choir and children’s choir (a commission of the Orchestre de Paris) received its premiere at Salle Pleyel. In 2012, his Trio for piano, violin and cello was premiered in France at Radio France by Marie-Josephe Jude, Stéphanie-Marie Degand and Cecilia Tsan (who commissioned the work) and also in the US by the Pantoum Trio at the prestigious Jacaranda concert series in California. Tanguy’s recent compositions include his Organ Concerto premiered in Caen in 2013 by Stéphane Béchy and the Orchestre de Caen conducted by Vahan Mardirossian and his symphonic work “Affettuoso” – in memoriam Henri Dutilleux premiered in January 2014 by the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Paavo Järvi. In March 2014, he has been invited by the International Music Fesival NIPPON in Nagoya, on which occasion Akiko Suwanai and Akira Eguchi have performed the premiere of “In a dream” for violin and piano. Highlights in 2015 have included the new version of his symphonic work “In Excelsis” premiered by the Orchestre National d’Ile de France conducted by Enrique Mazzola in the newly built Philharmonie de Paris (March), “Nouvelle Etude” for solo piano premiered by Steven van Hauwaert in Los Angeles in the Piano Sphere concert series (June), “Matka” commissioned by the Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and Ville Matvejeff for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius (December). Among many performances in 2015-16, Eric Tanguy was played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen at Walt Disney Hall. His new work for cello and piano, Spirales, commissioned by Philharmonie de Paris and ECHO has been premiered by Edgar Moreau and Pierre-Yves Hodique at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2016 and is subsequently being performed in some of the major concert halls of Europe (Philharmonie de Paris, MUPA Budapest, Bozar Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Milton Court London, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Konzerthaus Vienna). Eric Tanguy’s new Clarinet Concerto will be premiered in November 2017 by Pierre Génisson and the Orchestre Royal de Liège.

Eric Tanguy’s works are published by Salabert/Universal Music since 1989.
Many of them have been recorded and are available under the label of Decca, Erato, Naïve, Transart, OEHMS and Intrada.

Philippe Hersant - 2016/2017

Guillaume Connesson - 2014/2015

Misato Mochizuki - 2012/2013

Michael Jarrell - 2010/2011

Edith Canat de Chizy - 2009

Bruno Mantovani - 2006/2008

Philippe Fenelon - 2004/2005