Nicolas Bacri

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Nicolas Bacri
Nicolas Bacri, 2006
Born (1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 57)
Paris, France

Nicolas Bacri (born 23 November 1961) is a French composer. He has written works that include seven symphonies, ten string quartets, eight cantatas, two one-act operas, three piano sonatas, two cello and piano sonatas, four violin and piano sonatas, six piano trios, four violin concertos and numerous other concertante works.


Nicolas Bacri was born in Paris, France. His musical studies began with piano lessons at the age of seven. He continued to study harmony, counterpoint, analysis and composition as a teenager with Françoise Levechin-Gangloff and Christian Manen. After 1979, he continued his studies with Louis Saguer. In 1979, Bacri entered the Conservatoire de Paris where he studied with Claude Ballif, Marius Constant, Serge Nigg, and Michel Philippot.

After graduating in 1983 with the premier prix in composition, he attended the French Academy in Rome.[1] Back in Paris, he worked for four years (1987–91) as the Director of Chamber Music for Radio France.[2] Bacri organized the very first performance of the complete 15 string quartets cycle by Shostakovich (1989–90 season with the Manhattan String Quartet as a symbol of the end of cold war) in France 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 festivals around the world. Bacri taught orchestration at the Geneva Conservatory (HEM/HES) from 2005 to 2011. He regularly gives masterclasses in composition in France and abroad (in USA : Rochester Eastman School of music... Russia : Ekaterinburg Ural Academy and China : Beijing Conservatory). Bacri received important commissions in all major musical fields : opera, symphony, concertante, vocal, choral and chamber music. In February 2020 Riccardo Muti will conduct his Ophelia's Tears, Concertante Elegy for Bass-clarinet and orchestra op. 150, with soloist J. Lawrie Bloom, commission from Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Made possible through the generous support of Helen Zell) Bacri has been Professor of Composition at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (CRR) de Paris since October 2017 and at the Schola Cantorum (Paris) since October 2018.

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

“My music is not Neoclassical, it is Classical, for it retains the timeless aspect of Classicism: the rigor 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. 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.[9]
  • 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 :


  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.
  7. ^ Bacri, Nicolas. "Biographie En". Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  8. ^ OCLC 724985765.
  9. ^ "Nicolas Bacri: Sturm und Drang". BIS Records. Retrieved 12 January 2010.

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