Bruno Mantovani was born on October 8, 1974. After receiving five first prizes from the Paris Conservatory (analysis, aesthetics, orchestration, composition, music history) and attending the computer music Cursus at Ircam, he began an international career. His works have been performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the KKL in Lucerne, La Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Cité de la musique, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Musikverein in Wien. He collaborates with prestigious soloists (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Alain Billard, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Antoine Tamestit, Tabea Zimmermann), conductors (Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Eötvös, Laurence Equilbey, Gunter Herbig, Emmanuel Krivine, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott, Pascal Rophé François-Xavier Roth), ensembles (Accentus, Intercontemporain, TM+) and (Cardiff BBC, Chicafo Symphonic Orchestra, WDR in Köln, La Chambre Philharmonique, London BBC, Académie de Lucerne, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK in Tokyo...).
He is the headmaster of the Paris Conservatory since September 2010.
He has received distinctions from international competitions (Stuttgart in 1999, Unesco Composer Tribune in 2001), the Hervé Dugardin and Georges Enesco prizes as well as the "Grand Prix" from the Sacem in 2000, 2005 and 2009, a "Victoire de la Musique" for composer of the year in 2009, the Claudio Abbado prize from the Berlin Philharmonic and the international music press prize in 2010.
He became "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" in January 2010.
The Musica festival dedicated a portrait to him in 2006.
Starting in 2010 he began an extended collaboration with the Paris Opera (the ballet Siddharta, and an opera based on the life of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in 2011, a violin concerto for Renaud Capuçon and Philippe Jordan in 2012, a trio in 2014).
Inspired by the relationships linking music with other forms of artistic expression, he has collaborated with novelists Hubert Nyssen and Eric Reinhardt, librettists Christophe Ghristi and François Regnault, chef Ferran Adrià, choreographers Jean-Christophe Maillot and Angelin Preljocaj, and film maker Pierre Coulibeuf. His work is often a reflection on the history of Western music (Bach, Gesualdo, Rameau, Schubert, Schumann) or popular forms (jazz, Eastern music).
Bruno Mantovani is also a conductor, and regularly conducts contemporary music ensembles (Accentus, Alternance, Cepheus, Intercontemporain, Sospeso, TM+) as well as the National Orchestra of Lille or Lyon, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and Orchestre de Paris.
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