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Thierry  Pécou

Born: August 20th, 1965
Country of origin: France

In his encounters with traditions, Thierry Pécou dreams of ‘making the whole world resonate’ and thereby restoring the ritual character of music. Music conceived within this spiritual framework directly addresses and captivates the listener. (Jean-Luc Tamby)

Thierry Pécou, born in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris in 1965, studied piano and additionally orchestration and composition at the Paris Conservatoire where he earned first prizes for both study courses. Scholarships for study abroad took him first to Canada from 1989 to 1993, then to Russia from 1994 to 1995 and subsequently to Spain and Latin America from 1997 to 1999. Travelling and different countries and their cultures have become the chief inspiration for his creative activities.

Shaped by the influences of musical cultures from distant historical periods and locations, Pécou pursues an individual path far from the avant-garde. He was inspired by the language and intellectual world of Pre-Columbian America and Native American civilisations to compose the Symphonie du Jaguar which received its first performance to great acclaim in 2003 played by the Orchestre National d’Ile de France and conducted by HK Gruber. The cantata Passeurs d’eau dating from 2004 also draws inspiration from North American Indians. Traces of other cultures such as Ancient Greece can be found in the concert piece Les filles du feu (for oboe or clarinet and chamber orchestra composed in 1998). Other works additionally make allusions to African and Ancient Chinese music (for example La Barque au rêve clair for erhu and orchestra written in 2007), less as folkloristic quotations, but more in the form of tonal colouring and intimations.

Pécou composes music across a wide range of genres ranging from solo works to orchestral compositions and lieder with piano to music theatre. His orchestral works include Vague de pierre written for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tremendum created for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Pécou undertook the solo piano part in the premiere of Tremendum and regularly participates in performances of his own works for piano and chamber ensembles. The composer is highly motivated to return repeatedly to his own works and create new interpretations. He founded the Zellig Ensemble in 1998 and was its pianist up to 2010. Pécou is currently the artistic director of the Ensemble Variances in which he also participates as a pianist.

He has composed three operas during the last decade: he wrote the children’s opera Hop et Rats for the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2003 and composed the chamber opera Les Sacrifiées based on the work of the same name by Laurent Gaudé in response to a commission from the French Ministry of Culture in 2008 which received its first performance in Nanterre. His full-length opera L’Amour coupable based on the drama “La Mère coupable” by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was premiered by the Opéra de Rouen in 2010 and was cited as the best world premiere of the year 2010 by the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse.

Thierry Pécou is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Stéphane Chapelier Clergue Gabriel Marie Prize from Sacem (1990), an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for his Stabat Mater (1990), the Georges Enescu Prize from Sacem (1993), the Pierre Cardin Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1996), the Prix Nouveau Talent from SACD (1999), the prize for Young Composers from Sacem (2004) and the prize from the Fondation d‘entreprise Banque Populaire (also in 2004). In 2010, the Foundation Simone et Cino del Duca from the Institut de France awarded him the Grand Prix de Composition, and in 2016, he received the GRand Prix of the SACEM for symphonic composition. The recording of his Symphonie du Jaguar with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Francois-Xavier Roth issued by harmonia mundi received two awards: the Diapason d’or de l’année 2010 and the award Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for record recordings.

Thierry Pécou currently lives and works in Rouen.

1965
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) on 20 August
1987-1988
First awards for composition and orchestration at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris
1989-1997
Repeated residences at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada
1990
International Rostrum of Composers organised by UNESCO
Since 1992
Educational journeys in Cuba, Mexico, South America, Japan and China
1993
"Prix Georges Enesco" awarded by the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM)
1994
"Prix Villa-Médicis Hors les Murs", residence in Russia
1996
"Prix Pierre Cardin" awarded by the l'Académie des Beaux-Arts
1997-1999
Member of the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid
1999
"Prix Nouveau Talent" awarded by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)
2003
First performance of "Symphonie du Jaguar" at the Festival Présences (Radio France)
2004
"Prix des jeunes compositeurs" awarded by the SACEM Awarded a grant by the Fondation d'enterprise Banque Populaire
2006
First performance of "L'Oiseau innumérable" in Paris
2007-2010
Residence at the l’Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie
2008
"Prix Musique" awarded by the SACD
2009
Foundation of the "Ensemble Variances"
2010
First performance of the opera "L'Amour coupable"
"Grand Prix de Composition Musicale" from the Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts
"Prix de la Meilleure Création Musicale 2010" from the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse for the opera "L'Amour coupable"
"Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros" and "Diapason d'or" for the recording of "Symphonie du Jaguar"
2011-2013
Composer in residence at L’Arsenal de Metz and the Orchestre National de Lorraine
2012
"Diapason d'or" for the recording "Tremendum" including chamber music compositions
2013
First performance of "Orquoy" in Metz and "Le Visage, le Coeur" at the Festival de la Roque d"Anthéron
2014
First performance of "Spinoza in Cuzco" at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"
2016
Grand Prix of the SACEM, category "Musique Symphonique"

Gallery

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  1. Je marche dans le ciel, j'accompagne un oiseau

    Je marche dans le ciel, j'accompagne un oiseau

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  2. Un Temps jusqu'au bout de la fibre

    Un Temps jusqu'au bout de la fibre

    for fourteen instruments
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: performance material
  3. Ouverture de l'Amour coupable

    Ouverture de l'Amour coupable

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  4. Vague de pierre New

    Vague de pierre

    for large orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: large orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  5. L'Oiseau innumérable

    L'Oiseau innumérable

    for piano and orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: piano and orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  6. Ñawpa

    Ñawpa

    for violin and string orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: violin and string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Orquoy

    Orquoy

    for large orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: large orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  8. L'Amour coupable

    L'Amour coupable

    Opéra en 5 actes
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French
  9. Les Sacrifiées

    Les Sacrifiées

    Opéra de chambre
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French
  10. Hop et Rats

    Hop et Rats

    Opéra jeune public
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French

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In his encounters with traditions, Thierry Pécou dreams of ‘making the whole world resonate’ and thereby restoring the ritual character of music. Music conceived within this spiritual framework directly addresses and captivates the listener. (Jean-Luc Tamby)

Thierry Pécou, born in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris in 1965, studied piano and additionally orchestration and composition at the Paris Conservatoire where he earned first prizes for both study courses. Scholarships for study abroad took him first to Canada from 1989 to 1993, then to Russia from 1994 to 1995 and subsequently to Spain and Latin America from 1997 to 1999. Travelling and different countries and their cultures have become the chief inspiration for his creative activities.

Shaped by the influences of musical cultures from distant historical periods and locations, Pécou pursues an individual path far from the avant-garde. He was inspired by the language and intellectual world of Pre-Columbian America and Native American civilisations to compose the Symphonie du Jaguar which received its first performance to great acclaim in 2003 played by the Orchestre National d’Ile de France and conducted by HK Gruber. The cantata Passeurs d’eau dating from 2004 also draws inspiration from North American Indians. Traces of other cultures such as Ancient Greece can be found in the concert piece Les filles du feu (for oboe or clarinet and chamber orchestra composed in 1998). Other works additionally make allusions to African and Ancient Chinese music (for example La Barque au rêve clair for erhu and orchestra written in 2007), less as folkloristic quotations, but more in the form of tonal colouring and intimations.

Pécou composes music across a wide range of genres ranging from solo works to orchestral compositions and lieder with piano to music theatre. His orchestral works include Vague de pierre written for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tremendum created for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Pécou undertook the solo piano part in the premiere of Tremendum and regularly participates in performances of his own works for piano and chamber ensembles. The composer is highly motivated to return repeatedly to his own works and create new interpretations. He founded the Zellig Ensemble in 1998 and was its pianist up to 2010. Pécou is currently the artistic director of the Ensemble Variances in which he also participates as a pianist.

He has composed three operas during the last decade: he wrote the children’s opera Hop et Rats for the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2003 and composed the chamber opera Les Sacrifiées based on the work of the same name by Laurent Gaudé in response to a commission from the French Ministry of Culture in 2008 which received its first performance in Nanterre. His full-length opera L’Amour coupable based on the drama “La Mère coupable” by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was premiered by the Opéra de Rouen in 2010 and was cited as the best world premiere of the year 2010 by the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse.

Thierry Pécou is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Stéphane Chapelier Clergue Gabriel Marie Prize from Sacem (1990), an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for his Stabat Mater (1990), the Georges Enescu Prize from Sacem (1993), the Pierre Cardin Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1996), the Prix Nouveau Talent from SACD (1999), the prize for Young Composers from Sacem (2004) and the prize from the Fondation d‘entreprise Banque Populaire (also in 2004). In 2010, the Foundation Simone et Cino del Duca from the Institut de France awarded him the Grand Prix de Composition, and in 2016, he received the GRand Prix of the SACEM for symphonic composition. The recording of his Symphonie du Jaguar with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Francois-Xavier Roth issued by harmonia mundi received two awards: the Diapason d’or de l’année 2010 and the award Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for record recordings.

Thierry Pécou currently lives and works in Rouen.

Works
Chronology
1965
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) on 20 August
1987-1988
First awards for composition and orchestration at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris
1989-1997
Repeated residences at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada
1990
International Rostrum of Composers organised by UNESCO
Since 1992
Educational journeys in Cuba, Mexico, South America, Japan and China
1993
"Prix Georges Enesco" awarded by the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM)
1994
"Prix Villa-Médicis Hors les Murs", residence in Russia
1996
"Prix Pierre Cardin" awarded by the l'Académie des Beaux-Arts
1997-1999
Member of the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid
1999
"Prix Nouveau Talent" awarded by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)
2003
First performance of "Symphonie du Jaguar" at the Festival Présences (Radio France)
2004
"Prix des jeunes compositeurs" awarded by the SACEM Awarded a grant by the Fondation d'enterprise Banque Populaire
2006
First performance of "L'Oiseau innumérable" in Paris
2007-2010
Residence at the l’Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie
2008
"Prix Musique" awarded by the SACD
2009
Foundation of the "Ensemble Variances"
2010
First performance of the opera "L'Amour coupable"
"Grand Prix de Composition Musicale" from the Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca awarded by the Académie des Beaux-Arts
"Prix de la Meilleure Création Musicale 2010" from the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse for the opera "L'Amour coupable"
"Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros" and "Diapason d'or" for the recording of "Symphonie du Jaguar"
2011-2013
Composer in residence at L’Arsenal de Metz and the Orchestre National de Lorraine
2012
"Diapason d'or" for the recording "Tremendum" including chamber music compositions
2013
First performance of "Orquoy" in Metz and "Le Visage, le Coeur" at the Festival de la Roque d"Anthéron
2014
First performance of "Spinoza in Cuzco" at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"
2016
Grand Prix of the SACEM, category "Musique Symphonique"
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Products

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  1. Je marche dans le ciel, j'accompagne un oiseau

    Je marche dans le ciel, j'accompagne un oiseau

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  2. Un Temps jusqu'au bout de la fibre

    Un Temps jusqu'au bout de la fibre

    for fourteen instruments
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: performance material
  3. Ouverture de l'Amour coupable

    Ouverture de l'Amour coupable

    for chamber orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  4. Vague de pierre New

    Vague de pierre

    for large orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: large orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  5. L'Oiseau innumérable

    L'Oiseau innumérable

    for piano and orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: piano and orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  6. Ñawpa

    Ñawpa

    for violin and string orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: violin and string orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Orquoy

    Orquoy

    for large orchestra
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Instrumentation: large orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  8. L'Amour coupable

    L'Amour coupable

    Opéra en 5 actes
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French
  9. Les Sacrifiées

    Les Sacrifiées

    Opéra de chambre
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French
  10. Hop et Rats

    Hop et Rats

    Opéra jeune public
    Composer: Pécou, Thierry
    Edition: performance material
    Language: French

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