Hurel, Philippe

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Philippe Hurel


Born: 1955

Country: Domfront, France

Studies: Paris Conservatoire

Teachers: Ivo Malec, Betsy Jolas, Tristan Murail


Philippe Hurel, was born in 1955. French composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere. Philippe Hurel studied musicology at the Université de Toulouse from 1974-79 and composition with Betsy Jolas and Ivo Malec at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1980-83. He also had private studies in musical computer science with Tristan Murail in Paris in 1983. His honors include the Pensionnaire à la Villa Médicis à Rome (1986-88), the Förderpreis der Siemens-Stiftung in Munich 1995, for Six miniatures en trompe l'œil, the Prix des Compositeurs from SACEM (2002), and the Prix de la Meilleure Création de l'Année from SACEM 2003, for Aura. Mr. Hurel is also active in other positions. He worked as a music researcher at IRCAM in 1985-86 and 1988-89. He taught composition at IRCAM from 1997-2001. He also served as composer-in-residence to both the Arsenal de Metz and the Philharmonie de Lorraine from 2000-02. With Pierre André Valade he founded the new music ensemble Court-circuit in 1990 and has since served as its artistic director.

His music has been performed by numerous orchestras and ensembles and by conductors such as by Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Ludovic Morlot, Tito Ceccherini, Jonathan Nott, Esa Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Pierre-André Valade, François Xavier Roth, Christian Eggen, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Reinbert de Leeuw, Bernard Kontarsky…

Two new pieces have been premiered in March and April 2012 : Espèces d'espaces, musical theater piece based on the text by Georges Perec performed by the soprano Elise Chauvin, the actor Jean Chaize and Ensemble 2e2m (stage director Alexis Forestier, electronics/assistant Alexis Baskind) and Tour à tour III performed by Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, conductor Jean Deroyer

Philippe Hurel is now composing an opera on a text by Tanguy Viel (stage director Mariame Clément, conductor Tito Ceccherini) which will be premiered in April 2014 at the Capitole of Toulouse which is the commissioner. His next pieces has been commissioned by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France /Ircam, festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije, ensemble Recherche from Freiburg, ensemble Nikel from Tel Aiv, quatuor Diotima.

Editions Billaudot publishes his music written between 1981-96 and Éditions Lemoine publishes his music written since 1997.[1]

Works for Percussion

À bâtons rompus - Multiple Percussion; Saxophone
Écart en temps - Percussion Sextet
Hors-Jeu - Multiple Percussion; Electronics - Max MSP
Kits - Percussion Sextet
Loops II - Vibraphone
Loops IV - Marimba
Quartre variations - Vibraphone; Chamber Ensemble
Recueil - Multiple Percussion; Viola
Interstices - Percussion Trio; Piano
Tombeau in Memoriam Gérard Grisey - Multiple Percussion; Piano