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Thierry Pécou
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Introduction
« Ecrire c’est dire le monde »
Cette formule d’Edouard Glissant pourrait s’appliquer à Thierry Pécou.

Depuis longtemps, et sans posture spectaculaire de rupture, ce compositeur a refusé de partir à la conquête des nouveaux ou des anciens territoires de l’histoire de la musique occidentale.
A ceux qui veulent l’écouter, Thierry Pécou dit le monde, son étendue, sa beauté, son chaos aussi, avec la souffrance des hommes et leurs mémoires mutilées. La transe du candomblé bahianais, la suavité mélodique mozartienne, l’artisanat virtuose de l’orchestration, l’archéologie musicale précolombienne: toutes ces différences s’entremêlent sans se perdre dans le tout-monde que Thierry Pécou nous donne à entendre.
Mais c’est bien là son mystère : quelle que soit sa force, l’ampleur de sa visée, cette musique reste toujours à la mesure de l’homme et de sa fragilité.

Jean-Luc Tamby

News
News

Les Rameurs obscurs de la barque de Rê for string quartet, April 4 & 5 at Le Havre (Fitz/Le Volcan) and Avril 7 at Théâtre du chateau in Eu (Normandy), with members of Ensemble Variances

Outre-mémoire at St John's Smith Square, London, February 22nd 2017, Thierry Pécou, piano and Ensemble Variances

Miserere, Chö un rituel tibétain in the Ensemble Variances new program "Le moment fraternité" , Hambourg February 25th 2017, Festival Arabesques and Festival Lux Aeterna of the Elbphilharmonie

Grand Prix de la SACEM 2016 (French Performing Rights Society)

"Femme Changeante, cantate des 4 montagnes" with Ensemble Variances at Théâtre de Cornouaille, Quimper (France), January 10 - 2017

New album Wergo, symphonic works: Orquoy, Chango, Marcha de la Humanidad, Orchestre National de France, cond. Jonathan Stockhammer

"Les liaisons magnétiques', new CD with ensemble Variances, released by Aeon -Outhere,

Sept. 29 at Amphi of the Lyon Opera House in the frame of Festival d'Ambronay and Nov. 23 at Chapelle Corneille in Rouen (Opera de Rouen):
"Femme Changeante (Changing Woman), cantate des 4 montagnes", by the ensemble Variances.

Soleil rouge, for trumpet and orchestra, création mondiale, Festival Présences of Radio France, 5 February 2016, Auditorium de Radio France, Hakan Hardenberger, trp, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, cond. Mikko Franck

Les Liaisons magnétiques, BBC Wales Orchestra, cond. Pascal Rophé
27 January 2016, Cardiff (UK) BBC Hoddinott Hall

On tour with Ensemble Variances, Canada (Montréal, Vancouver) and U.S.A. (Seattle, atlanta, New-York city) October 28- November 11 2015
concerts, Lecture & masterclass at Mac Gill University, Montréal

Concert with Ensemble Variances at Rendez-Vous Festival of Zagreb (Croatia), "Manoa, Les Machines désirantes"

Nominated "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres", july 2014

May 29 2015, 8.pm Théâtre Graslin, Nantes (France) World Premiere of Adieu Madras (after a caribeen song) with the Ensemble Utopik

June 13 2015, 6.pm, Lille Piano Festival, Salle Quebec Le Nouveau Siècle in Lille (France) / June 26 2015, 7.30 pm Gregynog Festival, The Music Room, Gregynog (UK) :
concert "Poème du Feu, an hommage to Alexander Scriabine" with the Ensemble Variances and Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter (Soleil-Feu, Soleil-Tigre)

February 27 2015 8.pm Festival Arabesques Hamburg (Germany), "Sefarad's" with Gaëlle Méchaly and Ensemble Variances
Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, Katharinenkirchhof 1, 20457 Hamburg

"Outre-mémoire" (Beyong memory) on tour :
March 3 at L'Arc, scène conventionnée de Rezé (close to Nantes), March 13 at Le Rayon vert of Saint-Valéry en Caux (Normandy), March 28 at the Festival Les Détours de Babel,Grenoble

February 14, 2015 Les Machines désirantes, Soleil-Feu, Manoa with Ensemble Variances at the Festival Présences de Radio France

Novembre 23rd 2014, 7.00 pm , Toulouse, Théâtre de Garonne : "Sefarad's" with Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano , the Ensemble Variances, stage direction Stephan Grögler

October 8th 2014, 8 pm, NDR Hamburg (Radio) Festival Das Neue Werk, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Les Liaisons Magnétiques, Sextuor, Ensemble Variances & Ensemble Resonanz, cond. Jonathan Stockhammer

October 24th, 7.30pm , Aberdeen (Scotland), "Sound" New Music Festival : Nawpa for Violin and String Orchestra, Orchestre d'Auvergne cond. Roberto Fores Veces

Septembre 21st 2014, 6 pm , Arsenal de Metz : World Premiere of "Sefarad's" with Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano , the Ensemble Variances, stage direction Stephan Grögler

Septembre 27th 2014, 10.30 pm, Festival d'Ambronay (France) : Miserere for 3 sopranos et baroque ensemble, Les Folies Françoise dir. Patrick Cohen-Akénine

Septembre 27th 2014, 9.30 pm , Arsenal de Metz : World Premiere of "Sefarad's" with Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano , the Ensemble Variances, stage direction Stephan Grögler


May 25th 2014, "Orquoy" by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Sarrebrucken Kaiserlautern cond. J.Stockhammer, Congresshalle of Sarrebrucke (Germany)

June 18th & 19th 2014, "Rorqual" for Strings, Percussions, Harps, pre-recorded sequences of Whales chants and improvising instrumental group. Students of the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Paris 13th arrondissement

April 29-30 2014, Concours International de Musique de chambre de Lyon. "Soleil-Feu" for violin & piano. Semi finale. Concert des lauréats le 30 novembre, Université Louis Lumière, Lyon

May 6th, Waves" Concert as a pianist with the Ensemble Variances, Opera de Rouen Haute-Normandie (Auditorium du Conservatoire), Manoa, Soleil-Tigre, Vox Balenae by George Crumb, Jeux d'eau by Ravel

May 9 &10th 2014, Masterclass at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory (France)

April 7th 2014, Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), 10-12 am Participant of the "Grand Prix Lycéens des Compositeurs" / 8 pm : World Premiere of "Spinoza in Cuzco" for string quartet and orchestra with Quatuor Debussy and the Orchestre Lamoureux cond. Fayçal Karoui

March 19th 2014, Le Havre, Le Volcan, Le Mexique est en fête with Percussions Claviers de Lyon & Ensemble Variances. Tremendum, L'Arbre aux Fleurs, Danzon...

March 14th & 15th 2014, Taiwan, National Theater of Taipeï, concert with Guqin player You liyu , World Premiere of "Le Silence de regarde" for Guqin, Chinese Flute, Cristal Baschet and piano

February 20th 2014, Arsenal de Metz & February 22nd Festival Présences of Radio France in Paris, Wolrd Premiere of "Les Liaisons magnétiques" with Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg) and Ensemble Variances cond. Jonathan stockhammer. Sextuor for piano and winds with Thierry Pécou & Ensemble Variances.

February 15-23, Angers, Nantes and the region, "Je marche dans le ciel, j'accompagne un oiseau" , Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, cond. Yoël Levi

December 7th 2013, 19h00, Reims Opera, "Un rêve de carnaval en mode andalou", postlude to the zarzuela "La Verbena de la Paloma", World Premiere with Ensemble Variances, Les Hystériades, stage director Christine Mananzar

Octobre 17th 2013, 11h30, Wien Staadtsoper (City Opera of Vienna, Austria), European Academy of Music Theatre (EMA), Talk by Thierry Pécou about his opera "L'Amour coupable" upon The Guilty Mother by Beaumarchais.

July 28 2013, 9 pm, at Festival de La Roque d'Anthéron (France), and July 31, 9 pm, at Festival de Lanaudière (Canada), World Premiere of "Le Visage, le Coeur" concerto for piano and mixed choir by Alexandre Tharaud, piano and the chamber choir "les éléments" cond. Joël Suhubiète

May 16 2013, Museum of Acropolis, Athen 9.30 pm :
Zembekiko for voice and orchestra, composition upon the song by Dionysis Savvopoulos, Symposium France-Greece with Titos Patrikios and Daniel Cohn-Bendit. cond. Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

April 19 2013, ORQUOY for large orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, cond. Jacques Mercier

May 14 2013, Opera de Rouen (Auditorium of the Conservatoire), Concert with Ensemble Variances, "Les machines désirantes", "Cri selon cri".

January 26 2013, SEHEL by the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Festival Présences de Radio France at the Grand Théâtre d'Aix en Provence (4 pm)

"Tremendum", new album released by harmonia mundi. Diapason d'or october 2012

Thierry Pécou signs an exlcusive contract with Schott-Verlag, Mainz (Germany)

Resident Composer at the Arsenal de Metz and Orchestre National de Lorraine, 2011-2013

"Prix de la Fondation Simone et Cino del Ducca" awarded by Institut de France (Academy of Fine Arts)

Diapason d'Or of the Year 2010 and Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros for the CD "Symphonie du jaguar" released by Harmonia Mundi

Several dates
1965 Born in France, Boulogne Billancourt
Studies at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM)

1985 à 1999 Various journeys
Canada, Russia, Spain, Latin America

1998 Création de Zellig
a chamber ensemble of soloists mostly dedicated to his music and to special projects




2011 Grand Prix du disque of the Académie Charles Cros
for his cd "Symphonie du Jaguar / Vague de Pierre"

2003 Premiere of "Symphonie du Jaguar" at Radio France Présences Festival

2005 Nominated at Victoires de la musique

2007 Premiere of "L'Oiseau Innumérable"
piano concerto
Grand Prix de la Critique

2008 Prix Musique de la SACD

2010 premiere of "L'Amour coupable, opera inspired by La Mère coupable by Beaumarchais, libretto by Eugène Green. Grand Prix de la Critique

2010 Ensemble Variances
a plateform between contemporary music
and music of oral tradition
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