Brice Pauset

Composer in residence

Born in Besançon in 1965, Brice Pauset studied the piano, the violin and the harpsichord before taking on writing and finally composition with Michel Philippot, Gerard Grisey, Alain Bancquart in Paris and Franco Donatoni in Sienna (Italy). Awarded a grant in 1994 from the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, then given an internship at IRCAM from 1994 to 1996, he has since devoted himself entirely to his career as composer, professor and performer at the harpsichord and piano of his own works and occasionally in the early music repertoire.

In France, he regularly collaborates with IRCAM, the Fall Festival of Paris and the ensemble Accroche-Note, in Austria with Klangforum-Wien, the festivals Wien-Modern and Musikprotokoll (Graz), and in Germany with the orchestras of the SWR of Baden-Baden/Freiburg, WDR of Cologne, Bayerische Rundfunk (München), the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the ensemble Recherche (Freiburg im Breisgau), the ensemble Aventure (Freiburg im Breisgau), as well as with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Jurjen Hempel, Johannes Kalitzke, Emilio Pomarico, Kwame Ryan, Ed Spanjaard; and soloists such as Salome Kammer (voice), Isabelle Menke (soloist), Nicolas Hodges (piano), Irvine Arditti (violin), Teodoro Anzelotti (accordion).
His works sometimes call on interpreters who in the public’s mind are not often associated with contemporary music: Vanities was premiered by Gerard Lesne and Il Seminario Musicale, and Kontra- Sonata was performed by Andreas Staier, to whom the work is dedicated, while Exils (2nd chamber music concerto) was commissioned and performed on tour by the Freiburger Barockorchester and the percussionist Christian Dierstein.
Brice Pauset taught composition in September 2001 at the Abbay of Royaumont, beside Brian Ferneyhough and Stefano Gervasoni; he regularly gives conferences in France and abroad. Seminars and meetings on his works and his musical approach have been held in Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich, etc. He was composer in residence at the Mannheim Opera for the 2004-2005 season.

His projects include Erstarrte Schatten (Symphony VI) for large orchestra, six solo voices and electronic instruments (Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Neue Vokalsoloistn, Experimentalstudio, Freiburg), Dornröschen II for solo string quartet, double choir and orchestra (WDR Chor-und Orchester, Arditti String Quartett), Kontra-Konzert for classical orchestra and pianoforte (commissioned by the Kölner Philharmonie for the Freiburger Barockorchester and Andreas Staier), as well as a work for three solo voices, choir and orchestra (Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart). In addition, Isabel Mundry and Brice Pauset have worked together “in dialogue” to compose three works, including the opera Das Mädchen aus der Fremde commissioned by the Nationaltheater Mannheim, which was performed in May 2005 with staging and choreography by Reinhild Hoffmann. In 2008, Brice Pauset was named professor of composition at the Musikhochschule of Freiburgim-Breisgau, where he has lived since 2002; his catalogue includes some 60 works covering all musical genres from soloist to orchestral, with or without electronic instrumentation. His works are published by Editions Henry Lemoine. From 2010 to 2015, Brice Pauset will be the Dijon Opera’s composer in residence