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New KUG Professor of Composition: Franck Bedrossian

Franck Bedrossian; Foto: Philippe Gontier

In March 2020, a new Professor was appointed to the Chair of Composition and Music Theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz: Gerd Kühr has been succeeded by the French composer Franck Bedrossian.

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In the AirCampus podcast of 27 April 2020 Franck Bedrossian introduces himself: www.aircampus.at.

Franck Bedrossian was born in Paris in 1971. His most recent post was as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of California, Berkeley. His works have been interpreted by numerous prestigious orchestras and ensembles, and at the leading festivals for new music in Europe, Russia, the USA and South America.

Bedrossian's musical formation began at the regional Conservatoire (CNR) in Paris. Following initial studies in harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation and analysis, he studied composition with Allain Gaussin. He then took composition classes with Gerard Grisey and Marco Stroppa at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMPD). At his graduation he was unanimously awarded first prize in both Analysis and Composition. From 2002 to 2003 Bedrossian studied on the IRCAM Course in Computer Music and Composition with Philippe Leroux, Brian Ferneyhough, Tristan Murail, and Philippe Manoury. He also studied with Helmut Lachenmann at the Centre Acanthes in 1999 and at the Ensemble Modern Academy in 2004.

In 2001 Franck Bedrossian received a grant from the Meyer Foundation and the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet for Vocation, and in 2004 he won the SACEM's Hervé Dugardin Prize. In 2005 the Institut de France (Académie des Beaux-Arts) awarded him the Prix Pierre Cardin for Composition. Bedrossian also won the SACEM Prize for Young Composers in 2007. From 2006 to 2008, as a Rome Prize winner, he was a resident fellow at the Villa Medici.

Franck Bedrossian has been named "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Minister of Culture.