Nicolas Bacri

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Nicolas Bacri (born 23 November 1961 in Paris) is a French composer. He has written works that include 6 symphonies, 8 string quartets, and 27 concertos.


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] It was during Bacri's two-year residency in Rome (1983–85) that he met the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905–88). Back in Paris, he worked for four years (1987–91) as head of chamber music for Radio France.[2] Since then he has concentrated on composing.

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 Ahae's Day (Four Images for Orchestra) at L'Opéra of the Palace of Versailles in Paris on 8 September 2013. The 29 minutes long symphonic piece was written on commission for South Korean businessman Yoo Byung-eun. It has been recorded at the Abbey Road Studios for a planned future release.[6][7]

Works sorted by opus number[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.


  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". 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". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nicolas Bacri: Sturm und Drang". BIS Records. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 

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