Henri Dutilleux/Geneviève Joy Residency

Special Prizes

20th century Interpreters

Offered by the Association Maison Henri Dutilleux – Geneviève Joy / Rencontres et création musicale. A one month residency at Maison Henri Dutilleux – Geneviève Joy in Candes-Saint-Martin (France) will be awarded to a laureate chosen by the Jury among the 3 finalists, partnership with Le Centre Culturel de l’Ouest,.


After graduating from the Conservatoire de Douai, he obtained the counterpoint, fugue and composition awards at the Paris Conservatory. His teachers are Maurice Emmanuel, Philippe Gaubert and Henri Büsser. First Grand Prix of Rome in 1938, he studied the composition of Vincent d’Indy, and discovered the music of Stravinsky and Roussel. But he doesn’t adhere to Bartók’s serialism or music. Director of the service of musical illustrations of French Broadcasting from 1945 to 1963, he is also from 1961 professor of composition of the Ecole Normale de Musique, then at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris from 1970 to 1984. His main compositions: ballet Le Wolf, quartet So at night, Métaboles for orchestra, a whole distant world, written for Rostropovit-ch, are played in the world and his piano works inspired by the pianist Geneviève Joy, are part of the contemporary piano repertoire. As heir to Debussy, he keep away from traditionalists as the avant-garde, delivering compositions of great expressive density. Called “classical modern”, Henri Dutilleux is the author of works that are both audacious and accessible, the last of which, Correspondances, was published in January for his 97th birthday. He is like Olivier Messiaen, one of the rare contemporary composers to have entered the repertoire during his life.



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