Philippe Hurel, was born in 1955. French composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere. Philippe Hurel studied musicology at the Université de Toulouse from 1974-79 and composition with Betsy Jolas and Ivo Malec at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1980-83. He also had private studies in musical computer science with Tristan Murail in Paris in 1983. His honors include the Pensionnaire à la Villa Médicis à Rome (1986-88), the Förderpreis der Siemens-Stiftung in Munich 1995, for Six miniatures en trompe l'oeil, the Prix des Compositeurs from SACEM (2002), and the Prix de la Meilleure Création de l'Année from SACEM 2003, for Aura. Mr. Hurel is also active in other positions. He worked as a music researcher at IRCAM in 1985-86 and 1988-89. He taught composition at IRCAM from 1997-2001.
He also served as composer-in-residence to both the Arsenal de Metz and the Philharmonie de Lorraine from 2000-02. With Pierre André Valade he founded the new music ensemble Court-circuit in 1990 and has since served as its artistic director.
His music has been performed by numerous orchestras and ensembles and by conductors such as by Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Ludovic Morlot, Tito Ceccherini, Jonathan Nott, Esa Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Pierre-André Valade, François Xavier Roth, Christian Eggen, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Reinbert de Leeuw, Bernard Kontarsky...
Among his concerts of the season 2011-12, Espèces d'espaces - theater musical piece based on the Georges Perec's book - will be premiered at the Biennale de Lyon (Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins) by Elise Chauvin (soprano), Jean Chaize, (actor), Ensemble 2e2M, La Muse en circuit (electronics), Alexis forestier (stage director) with Pierre Roullier conducting. Moreover, les Siècles, the flutist Marion Ralincourt and François Xavier Roth will perform Phonus at the theater of Nîmes and at the Cité de la musique in Paris in the frame of the cycle dedicated to Claude Debussy.
In the spring 2012 the new version for clarinet and ensemble of Phasis will be premiered at the Philadelphia museum of Art by Carol Macgonnell and Argento chamber ensemble of New york conducted by Michel Galante. Finally his music will be played numerous times by Pascal Contet, ensemble Nikel and Les Cris de Paris.
Philippe Hurel is actually composing the third part of the orchestral cycle Tour à Tour - commissioned by the Printemps des Arts for the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra - which will be premiered in march 2012. After this piece he will compose an opera for the Capitole de Toulouse on a libretto written by the french writer Tanguy Viel. This opera will be premiered in Toulouse in april 2014.
His next pieces has been commissioned by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije.
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