Pascal Dusapin

Pascal Dusapin Pascal Dusapin | © College de France Pascal Dusapin was born in 1955 in Nancy. While studying art history and aesthetics at the University of Paris IV -Sorbonne Dusapin first approached the craft of composition as an autodidact. Then, however, he began to attend seminars of composers like Olivier Messiaen and Iannis Xenakis, the latter of whom became a "musical father" for Dusapin. Under Xenakis’ influence, he also became interested in the mathematical and acoustical laws of music. Besides many orchestral works and chamber music, Dusapin’s œuvre also includes numerous operas such as Medeamaterial (1990/91), based on Heiner Müller’s writings, To Be Sung for vocalist, speaker, ensemble and audio tape (1993), inspired by Gertrude Stein, or Faustus. The Last Night (2006) after Christopher Marlowe. Apart from his literary idols, Dusapin regularly references theatre, dance and the visual arts in his works. His frequent genre-bending collaboarations, for example with choreographer and dancer Dominique Bagouet, light artist James Turrell or writer Olivier Cadiot, librettist of Dusapin’s first opera “Romeo & Juliette” (1989), also attest to Dusapin’s sensibility for impulses from outside the musical sphere.

Dusapin, considered one of the leading internationally active composers from France, was honored with numerous awards. The prices and honors he received include the Prix Hervé Dugardin (1979), a scholarship by the Villa Medici in Rome (1981–83), the Prix du Syndicat de la critique (1993 und 2003), the Prix Symphonique (1994), the Grand Prix National de Musique of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (1995), as well as the Prix Cino del Duca (2005). In 2007 he shared the Prix international Dan David for contemporary music with conductor Zubin Metha. Pascal Dusapin has worked with a variety of musicians, artists , and institutions, was Composer-in-Residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon (1993–94) and taught composition at the Collège de France (2006–07). In 2006 he was appointed as a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.