Nicolas Bacri

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Nicolas Bacri
Bacri2006.jpg
Nicolas Bacri, 2006
Born (1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 55)
Paris, France
Occupation composer
Website www.nicolasbacri.net

Nicolas Bacri (born 23 November 1961 in Paris) is a French composer. He has written works that include 7 symphonies, 2 one-act operas, 9 string quartets, 4 piano trios, 7 cantatas, 4 violin concertos and numerous other concertante works.

Career[edit]

Bacri's musical career began with piano lessons at the age of seven, and continued with the study of harmony, counterpoint, analysis and composition as a teenager with Françoise Gangloff-Levéchin and Christian Manen and, after 1979, Louis Saguer. He then entered the Conservatoire de Paris where he studied with a number of composers including Claude Ballif, Marius Constant, Serge Nigg, and Michel Philippot.

After graduating in 1983 with a premier prix in composition, he attended the French Academy in Rome.[1] Back in Paris, he worked for four years (1987–91) as head of chamber music for Radio France.[2] organising the very first performance in France of the complete 15 string quartets cycle by Shostakovich (1989-90 season with the Manhattan String Quartet) and featured for the first time in France the major composers of Terezin : Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa and Viktor Ullmann. Since then he has concentrated on free-lance composing, receiving commissions from major institutions and festival around the world, being briefly teaching orchestration in Geneva Conservatory (HEM/HES) from 2005 to 2011, and doing masterclasses of composition.

In his book published in 2004 by Seguier (coll. Carré musique) N. Bacri expresses his ideas as :

“My music is not neo-Classical, it is Classical, for it retains the timeless aspect of Classicism : the rigour of expression. My music is not neo-Romantic, it is Romantic, for it retains the timeless aspect of Romanticism : the density of expression. My music is Modern, for it retains the timeless aspect of Modernism : the broadening of the field of expression. My music is Postmodern, for it retains the timeless aspect of Postmodernism : the mixture of techniques of expression.”

Bacri's Symphony No. 6, Op. 60, was a finalist in the 2003 Masterprize international composing competition.[3][4][5]

Bacri made his debut as conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra conducting the world premiere of his opus 130 titled A Day (Four Images for Orchestra) at L'Opéra of the Palace of Versailles in Paris on 8 September 2013. It has been recorded at the Abbey Road Studios for a planned future release.[6][7]

Works sorted by opus number[edit]

Recordings[edit]

  • Nicolas Bacri: Une Prière WDR Sinfonie Orchester Köln, Semyon Bychkov (conductor), Laurent Korcia (violin). RCA Red Seal, released 2004
  • Nicolas Bacri – Sturm und Drang Concerto amoroso Le printemps for oboe, violin and string orchestra, Op.80; Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op.63; Concerto nostalgico L'automne for oboe, cello and string orchestra, Op.80 No.1; Nocturne for cello and string orchestra, Op.90; Symphony No.4 Sturm und Drang, Op.49. Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow. BIS Records CD-1579, released 2009.[8]
  • Nicolas Bacri - Piano Music (Reyes) - Piano Sonata No. 2 / Diletto classico / Prelude et Fugue / L'Enfance de l'art. Eliane Reyes (pianist). Naxos Records 8.572530, released 2011
  • Zodiac Trio - Nicolas Bacri, "A Smiling Suite" (2007). Kliment Krylovskiy (clarinet), Vanessa Mollard (violin), Riko Higuma (piano). Recorded for the Blue Griffin Recording (BG 257) and released in 2012
  • Nicolas Bacri – "LES QUATRE SAISONS" François Leleux (oboe), Valeryi Sokolov (violin), Adrien La Marca (viola), Sebastien Van Kuijk (cello), Orchestre Victor Hugo-Franche-Comté/Jean-François Verdier. Recorded for Klarthe and released in 2016 : http://www.klarthe.com/index.php/fr/enregistrements/les-quatre-saisons-detail

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pernon, Gérard (ed.), "Bacri, Nicolas", Dictionnaire de la musique 5th edition, Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, 2007, p.16. ISBN 2-87747-918-8
  2. ^ France Musique, Nicolas Bacri, Compositeur français
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (1 November 2003). "Masterprize final". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Ivan Hewett (3 November 2003). "As hopeless as the others". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Anna Picard (9 November 2003). "Short-changed: an evening of brows worn at the waist". The Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Alberge, Dalya (23 June 2013). "Rich Korean recluse hires the LSO to blow his trumpet". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Bacri, Nicolas. "Biographie En". Nicolasbacri.net. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nicolas Bacri: Sturm und Drang". BIS Records. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 

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