jean-christophe rosaz, composer
My approach to classical music:
Born in the heart of the mountains, he has the French-Swiss nationality. With a grandmother born in Argentina and a granfather in Italia, his origins invite him to travel and meet others cultures. Composer and author, he is a member of Sacem, the French Composers and author’s society. After his studies at the Regional High School for Music he gets a diploma of Superior Studies of Composition at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon and as a movie music composer at the Ecole Normale de Musique - Alfred Cortot in Paris. Finalist of several competitions, his works are created and played in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, USA...
With teachers who are great personalities of the musical word like Gilbert Amy, Raffi Ourgandjian, Christian Accaoui for composition and orchestration, Robert Pascal for musical analysis, Yvette Grimaud for ethnomusicology, then Patrice Mestral for film music and the decisive encounter with Luigi Nono at the Acanthes Center in 1989; the music represents for him the immensity of the spaces in which we can aspire, that is the reason why he writes music in various approaches.
Being a singer himself, he writes many compositions for voice. Having an open mind towards the music in all its diversity, particularly the folk-music, he works with persons commanding various languages: french, english, german, italian, portuguese, basque, dialects as swiss-german, languages being disappearance...
in the music of the nature
the songs of the birds
also of the whales
2015: he is invited composer to the Florilège Vocal de Tours. He has won several composition competitions: 2013 Prayer for peace has been choiced for the Congrès Pueri cantores 2014 Paris. The lads of Monleon is the winner of the 1st Hispasong International Composers Contest (Spain). Diligam te, Domine is the winner of the 7th Concours Amadeus de composition chorale(Spain). Chiaroscuro for double bass solo received the Grand Prize International Society of Bassists David Walter Composition Competition solo division, the premiere performance will be at the 2013 ISB Convention, June 3-8, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Concours National Composition and Writing Songs for Choirs (Choirs Creates Re) 2009 chaired by Jean-Claude Vannier (Jury members: Jean-Claude Petit, composer, Patrick Marco, head of choir). Fairies of the Rhine was awarded the prize for composition for choir festival of Swiss children's choirs and youth / 2008-2009. Semifinalist for Frammenti dell 'Paradiso (from a text by Dante Alighieri) to contest composition of sacred music for choir of Fribourg (Switzerland) 2008. Composition Competition for Concert Band of Lambersart 2006. Contest the city of Basel in 2000, for Argizagi: mixed choir. Lutoslawski International Composers Competition: Awarded for Four Indian Songs (soprano, conductor) / 1995. Piano Composition Competition of the city of Vannes: winner for Storm on the Ocean, Under The Sun's Drum / 1990.
His works are created in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, the United States by ensembles and musicians of international fame as Sonia Wieder-Atherthon, Thierry Barbé, Pascale Rouet, Christine Marchais, Marc Sieffert, Francois Veilhan, the Choir Britten cond. Nicole Corti, Suonare e Cantare, Maîtrise de la ville de Paris, cond. Patrick Marco, Maîtrise de la Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, cond. D. Rougier ...
He received numerous commissions: the Forestare Ensemble Canada, the Modern South America ensemble, Cantatrix, Amia associtation and the city of Strasbourg for an opera for children's voices, The Quimper Musical Weeks, Orion Ensemble (Switzerland) dir. Jean-Luc Darbellay, The Choir of the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (cond. Valérie Fayet), the Festival des Voix du Prieuré, artistic dir. Bernard Tetu, Loïc Pierre and Le Cepravoi, the Argenteuil Estudiantina and Florentino Calvo, Panam 'Trombones…
In 2011, he was in residence at the Music Conservatory of Chilly-Mazarin for writing three pieces for instrumental ensembles based on the work of Anne Herbauts. From 2010 to 2012, he continued working with the Master of Autun, dir. Fabien Barxell around the creation of the passions of St Luke, St Matthew and St Mark.
He works with the German poetess Eva-Maria Berg on the particular relation poetry-music
The recordings of the Magnificat from Puy (Bayard Music) as well as extracts from Vespers of Puy appeared in 2009 and 2010.
O magnum mysterium (Impronta Editions) world premiere by Ensemble Vocapella Limburg (male choir) cond. Tristan Meister programming by Stiftsmusik-Stuttgart 27 March 07.PM Stiftstraße 12, Stuttgart / Germany.
Commission & Premiere Ecole de musique du Jura bernois for children voices & Mozart orchestra cond. Philippe Krüttli June 23 Saint-Imier Switzerland.
Commission & Premiere Association of Friends of the Organ of St. Aurélie in Strasbourg for a cantata with 8 singers, 2 cornets, t2 tenor viols, 1 viola bass, bass & continuo (great organ, harpsichord and positive organ) Sunday, May 31.