Yann Robin, born in february 1974, began his musical studies in Aix-en-Provence. He later enrolled in the jazz classroom at the Conservatory of Marseille while integrating the composition class of George Boeuf. He was awarded 1st prizes from the Paris National Conservatory in the composition class of Frédéric Durieux and the analysis class of Michaël Levinas. From 2006 to 2008, he attended the informatic curriculum at Ircam. Since 2004 he works closely with Alain Billard, clarinetist-soloist of the Ensemble intercontemporain for who he compose a cycle Art of Metal, 3 pieces around the metal bass clarinet.
Beyond the works of music chamber (Ftera I and II, in 2014 and 2016, Shadows I and II in 2015 and 2019), he receives commissions for larger ensemble: Arkham (2015) for large orchestra in Festival Musica, Ashes (2015) for the Seattle Symphonic Orchestra and the Orchestre national de Lille, Inferno (2013) for the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France or Monumenta the same year for the SWR.
He composes also for others ensembles: Ubergang I, premiered in Witten in 2018 for Klangforum Wien, Ubergang II, premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the monodrama Le Papillon noir, libretto of Yannick Haenel, premiered at the Théâtre de la Criée by Elise Chauvin, the vocal Ensemble Les Métaboles and the Ensemble Multilatéral.
The education, the passing on are also part of his activity: he is often invited for conferences and master-classes.
In 2005, he creates with other composers the Ensemble Multilatéral and he becomes the artistic director.
Yann Robin always works closely with their performers (Alain Billard, Nicolas Crosse, Eric-Maria Couturier, Quatuor Tana...) which leads to the works with soloist instruments, looking for new sounds or modes of playing. His music is performed in France and abroad and he works with many ensembles or orchestras as such as the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Klangforum of Vienna or the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Seattle Symphonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg... conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Alan Gilbert, François-Xavier Roth, Laurence Equilbey, Pierre-André Valade, Peter Rundel, Daniel Kawka, Alejo Pérez, Jean Deroyer...
This year, he is the hosted composer at the OSR, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
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