Éric Tanguy (composer)

Eric Tanguy has become one of the most widely performed and broadcast French composers of our days. A student of Horatiu Radulescu, he subsequently completed his education with Ivo Malec, Gérard Grisey and Betsy Jolas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He has received the “Grand prix de la SACEM” (2012) and was twice declared “Composer of the Year” at the Victoires de la musique classique (in 2004 and 2008). He was also the recipient of the “Villa Medicis hors les murs” prize (1989), the Kranichstein Musikpreis in Darmstadt (1992), and the Hervé-Dugardin Prize of the SACEM (1997).

A resident of the Académie de France in Rome (1993-1994), Eric Tanguy was a guest of the Tanglewood Music Center on a special invitation from Henri Dutilleux. He was composer in residence in Champagne-Ardenne, in Lille, at the Orchestre de Bretagne, and at the Festival des Arcs. He was guest composer at the Festival “Aspects des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui” in Caen (2007). Eric Tanguy has been appointed Resident Composer at Besançon Music Festival in 2018/2019.

His output comprises more than hundred works to this day, ranging from solo pieces to concertos, vocal pieces and symphonic works. They have been included into the repertoire of major performers of our time: conductors (Alain Altinoglu, Lionel Bringuier, Jesús López Cobos,  Paavo Järvi, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Marko Letonja, Yutaka Sado, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stefan Sanderling…), soloists (Piotr Anderszewski, Nicholas Angelich, Anne Gastinel, Ivry Gitlis, François-Frédéric Guy, François Leleux, Vahan Mardirossian, Emmanuel Pahud, Mstislav Rostropovitch…), ensembles (les quatuors Arditti, Diotima, Modigliani, Ysaÿe, Trio Wanderer, Ensemble Intercontemporain,Tokyo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta…) and numerous French and foreign orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Sinfonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Royal Northern Philharmonia…)

Since 2002, Eric Tanguy is teaching composition at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas and since October 2017 at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. His reputation as a composer and professor has brought him invitations for masterclasses and lectures all around the world (New England Conservatory, Royal Academy and Royal College in London, USC and Colburn School in Los Angeles, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Composers’ Union in Zagreb, French Music Academy in Kyoto…).

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