Pierre Charvet

biography

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The composer Pierre Charvet was born in 1968 in France. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he received the 1991 Jon Woolley award in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in composition. At the age of 23, he entered IRCAM, the Pierre Boulez Institut in Paris. His CD L’Invitation au voyage, released by Universal Classics, won an award at the Grand Prix des compositeurs de la Lettre du Musicien. His numerous commissions have been performed in concert, as well as radio and television broadcasts. Pierre Charvet composes mainly for traditional intruments, but his music also uses extensive new technologies.

Pierre Charvet is also well known for his educational shows treating music :
He writes and hosts Presto !, a show about classical music, aired on French National Television. Presto ! attracts 4 million viewers every week. He also writes and hosts a daily radio show, Le mot du jour for France Musique, highest-rated show of the station. He hosts family concerts at the Salle Pleyel and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. From 1994 to 2001, he taught composition at the Manhattan School of Music. He also published two books : Comment parler de musique aux enfants (Vilo publishing) and Conversation avec Philippe Caubère (L’insolite). Since September 2011, Pierre Charvet is also Deputy Director of Le Festival de Radio France MTP-LR.

His most recent orchestral piece Regardez-le ! was premiered at the Juventus Festival, and has subsequently been performed more than a dozen times around the world including a performance by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. And Death, a new piece for viola and electronics, has just been premiered on Radio France. Pierre is now working on a concerto for piano, orchestra and electronics, commissioned by Les Siècles and conductor François-Xavier Roth, as well as a piece for large orchestra commissioned by Radio France.

About the music of Pierre Charvet :
One must not imagine that his preferred bedtime reading is Ray Bradbury or George Orwell. His Tablets of the Law remain Johann Sebastian Bach's Art of Fugue: a transcendent Talmud that reminds him that, while music has always flirted with mathematics and the exact sciences, it remains a bewitching mystery, a mystical act, a miraculous emotion. An art that is paradoxical like the composer himself - marginal in an awkward position amongst his contemporaries, an out-of-sync dreamer like the haggard heroes of The Tales of Hoffmann [...].
Smoke of smokes, all is smoke, Vanity of Vanities, all is Vanity, repeats the soprano in Qohelet, Pierre Charvet's work distilled in the filters of IRCAM. Count on his music to kindle apocalyptic fires. » (French magazine Telerama)