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Michel Petrossian
France
Biography
Following his cello and guitar studies, Michel Petrossian went on to study composition, analysis, and orchestration with Isabelle Duha and Alain Louvier, among others. At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, he joined the composition class, in which he worked with Guy Reibel, and followed courses in analysis, orchestration, Indian music, and ethnomusicology. He completed his studies in 2001, obtaining the Diplôme de Formation Supérieure en Composition.

Keen to make the music of his time better known, in 1998, together with the composer Jérôme Combier, he founded the Cairn ensemble, made up of pupils of the Conservatoire de Paris. Right from the first year of his studies, he received requests and commissions, including one for a work for piano from the Musée de l’Armée (which was premiered at the Hôtel des Invalides), an invitation to the Göteborg Art Sounds Festival (with a work commissioned and premiered by the KammerensembleN), a residency at the CNR in Limoges, etc.

He also wrote the music for an experimental film that was presented at the Cité de la Musique and on television, as well as at festivals in Prague and London. Following a composition course, he was selected for a double residency in Canada, with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and - at the Fondation Royaumont - with the L’Instant Donné ensemble. The Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France awarded him the Prix Veuve Buchère. Most of his works have been broadcast on France Musique and France Culture.

Later, he became interested in ancient civilisations and in philology and undertook in-depth studies of a number of languages, including Hebrew, Greek, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Babylonian, Old Church Slavonic, and Armenian at the École des Langues et des Civilisations de l’Orient Ancien and at the Sorbonne, where he obtained a master’s. He spent a year at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, where his studies on the ground led him to develop an interest in the music of the ancient Near East. He has been asked to give course on the subject in Jerusalem in 2014.

He is currently working on an opera project with the US librettist and author Leslie Dunton-Downer, winner of the Berlin Prize for 2013-2014. For this collaborative project, Michel Petrossian has set out to create a synthesis on the basis of his knowledge of the two spheres of music and philology with a view to developing a new kind of vocal writing.
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COMPOSITION 2012First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
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Final 2013 : Tatiana Chernichka
Monday 27 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Joseph Haydn : Sonata in F major Hob. XVI:23 Moderato | Adagio | Presto Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23 Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito | Andantino simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I | Allegro con fuoco Soloist : Tatiana Chernichka Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Zhang Zuo
Monday 27 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 18 in E flat major op. 31/3 (Piano Sonatas) Allegro | Scherzo: Allegretto vivace | Menuetto: moderato e grazioso | Presto con fuoco Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23 Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito | Andantino simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I | Allegro con fuoco Soloist : Zhang Zuo Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Rémi Geniet
Tuesday 28 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 9 in E major op. 14/1 (Piano Sonatas) Allegro | Allegretto | Rondo: Allegro commodo Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Sergey Rachmaninov : Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30 Allegro non tanto | Intermezzo | Alla breve Soloist : Rémi Geniet Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Roope Gröndahl
Tuesday 28 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 24 in F sharp major op. 78 (Piano Sonatas) Adagio cantabile | Allegro ma non troppo | Allegro vivace Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Johannes Brahms : Concerto n. 1 in D minor op. 15 Maestoso - Poco piu moderato | Adagio | Rondo Soloist : Roope Gröndahl Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Stanislav Khristenko
Wednesday 29 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Joseph Haydn : Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:42 Andante con espressione | Vivace assai Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Johannes Brahms : Concerto n. 1 in D minor op. 15 Maestoso - Poco piu moderato | Adagio | Rondo Soloist : Stanislav Khristenko Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Boris Giltburg
Wednesday 29 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 27 in E minor op. 90 (Piano Sonatas) Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck | Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Sergey Rachmaninov : Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30 Allegro non tanto | Intermezzo | Alla breve Soloist : Boris Giltburg Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Yuntian Liu
Thursday 30 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 7 in D major op. 10/3 (Piano Sonatas) Presto | Largo e mesto | Menuetto | Rondo Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23 Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito | Andantino simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I | Allegro con fuoco Soloist : Yuntian Liu Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Andrew Tyson
Thursday 30 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata n. 15 in F major KV 533 (Piano Sonatas) Allegro | Andante | Rondo Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Sergey Rachmaninov : Concerto n. 2 in C minor op. 18 Moderato | Adagio sostenuto | Allegro scherzando Soloist : Andrew Tyson Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Sangyoung Kim
Friday 31 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Franz Schubert : Sonata in A major op. 120 D 664 (Piano Sonatas) Allegro moderato | Andante | Allegro Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16 Andantino | Scherzo vivace | Intermezzo (allegro moderato) | Final (allegro tempestoso) Soloist : Sangyoung Kim Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : David Fung
Friday 31 May 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata n. 4 in E flat major KV 282 (Piano Sonatas) Adagio | Menuetto I, Menuetto II | Allegro Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Johannes Brahms : Concerto n. 2 in B flat major op. 83 Allegro non troppo | Allegro appassionato | Andante | Allegretto grazioso Soloist : David Fung Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Sean Kennard
Saturday 1 June 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Joseph Haydn : Sonata in C major Hob. XVI:48 Andante con espressione | Rondo. Presto Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Johannes Brahms : Concerto n. 1 in D minor op. 15 Maestoso - Poco piu moderato | Adagio | Rondo Soloist : Sean Kennard Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Mateusz Borowiak
Saturday 1 June 2013 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 31 in A flat major op. 110 (Piano Sonatas) Moderato cantabile molto espressivo | Allegro molto | Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo (Fuga) Michel Petrossian : In the Wake of Ea Sergey Rachmaninov : Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30 Allegro non tanto | Intermezzo | Alla breve Soloist : Mateusz Borowiak Orchestra : National Orchestra of Belgium Conductor : Marin Alsop
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Final 2013 : Rémi Geniet
Final 2013 : Roope Gröndahl
Final 2013 : Tatiana Chernichka
Final 2013 : Zhang Zuo
Final 2013 : Stanislav Khristenko
Final 2013 : Boris Giltburg
Final 2013 : Yuntian Liu
Final 2013 : Andrew Tyson
Final 2013 : Mateusz Borowiak
Final 2013 : Sean Kennard
Final 2013 : David Fung
Final 2013 : Sangyoung Kim
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