Commissioned of the 11th competition – 2014

Commissioned piece:

Title : Lichen for piano and small ensemble
Composer: Jérôme Combier

Can music reflect the terrible of time? And can a few minutes contain all the wear and tear of the earth, the wear and tear of stones, the wear and tear of metal? Or precisely, does man’s music go up against, again and again, a little in vain, towards an origin which, although ideal, would also be the only guarantee of his presence in the world. Lichen on a stone, to say the image of a piano, with brief resonances, won by outfits of winds and rubbed sounds. The image of an unshakeable world – this beautiful temperament – eaten away by the microtonality that will have covered it. Finally, the image of virtuosity – but then the one Berio talks about and not another – gangrened by a stagnation and calm that will eventually have absorbed everything. Lichen would be a struggle; that of the artist and his expressiveness, that of the performer and his interiority. The one of any art finally looking for a language.

Note of intent from Jérôme Combier
Commissioned by Orléans International Competition for the 11th International piano competition of Orléans

 

Lichen by Jérôme Combier performed by Aline Piboule, laureate of the 2014 International piano competition of Orléans:

Composer in the spotlight: Jérôme Combier

Jérôme Combier began studying composition, harmony and counterpoint, analysis and orchestration under Hacène Larbi. He won first prize for counterpoint at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison. In 1997, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Emmanuel Nunes. In addition, he completed a Master’s degree with a dissertation on Anton Webern at Paris VIII University. In 1995, he was a finalist in the Griegselskalpet competition in Oslo. In September 1998, he was residentat the Royaumont Foundation and in the framework of an exchange with Royaumont, he was a composer in residence in Japan, in Akiyoshidaï for two months. In 2001, he  was selected to enter the programme in composition and computer- assisted music organised by IRCAM. Jérôme Combier is a prize-winner of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and the Pierre Cardin Foundation. In 2002, he was commissioned by Radio France to write a piece for the Orchestre National de France, Pays de vent. In 2003 and 2004, with the support of the Paris Conservatoire, he organised concerts and courses in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
From 2004 to 2006 he was a scholarship holder at the Villa Medici (the French Academy in Rome). During this time, he met Raphaël Thierry who was to realise the visual installations for the cycle Vies silencieuses written for the Ensemble Cairn. The album Vies silencieuses won the Grand Prix Charles Cros. In 2005, he composed music for the Ensemble Recherche in the framework of the Festival d’Automne in Paris. In collaboration with Pierre Nouvel, he created the installation Noir Gris for the Beckett exposition organised by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Since 2006, he has been invited regularly by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to contribute as a guest to the Académie européenne de musique’s activities and in 2011, in association with the video artist Pierre Nouvel, he imagined the opera Austerlitz based on the novel by W.G Sebald. Austerlitz was produced by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Lille and the Kaaitheater of Brussels. In 2008, he is invited as composing teacher in Royaumont Abbey. In 2009, he obtained a commision by Louvre Museum during the cycle of concerts “Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez”. His piece, Anima Foglia for violin, is played also at Lucern Festival. In 2012, the Opéra de Lyon commissionned an opéra based on the novel Terre et cendres by the Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi.
His music is published by Lemoine Editions and by Verlag Neue Musik Berlin. Some of his works have already been recorded by the Ensemble Cairn on the Motus label and Æon.Jerôme Combier is the artistic director of Ensemble Cairn and teacher at the art school, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy.

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