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Cendo, Raphaël

He studied piano and composition at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, graduating in 2000. In 2003 he attended a composition class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, and then a course in composition and music information technology at IRCAM, which he completed in 2006. His teachers included Alain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto Romitelli, and Philippe Manoury. He has written numerous works for highly regarded ensembles such as L’Itinéraire, Orchestre National d’Îlede-France, Diotima Quartet, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ictus, Cairn, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Alternance, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His music has been conducted notably by Miquel Bernat, Alain Billard, Daniel Kawka, Jean Deroyer, Pascal Rophé, Guillaume Bourgogne, Peter Rundel, Georges-Élie Octors, and Lorraine Vaillancourt. Many of his compositions have accompanied important events and have been performed in major cultural centres, for example at the Opéra de Lille as part of the 2004 European Capital of Culture programme, at concerts in Centre Pompidou, MITO SettembreMusica in Milan, Venice Biennale, Radio France concerts in Montpellier, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, Radio France’s Festival Présences, Festival Musica in Strasbourg, Ars Musica in Brussels, Why Note in Dijon, and Darmstadt. In 2007 the Francis et Mica Salabert Foundation granted him the Prix Espoir in a competition for orchestral works organised by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In 2008 he taught composition in the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse in Nanterre. In 2009–11 he resided in Rome’s Villa Médicis on a French Academy scholarship. In 2012 he lectured at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt and Voix Nouvelles at Royaumont. In 2009 he received the Prix Pierre Cardin of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, and in 2011, SACEM’s Prix Hervé Dugardin. He resides and works in Berlin.


Major works: Scratch Data for percussion and electronics (2002), Rage in the Heaven City for large orchestra (2004), Masse– Métal for 25 musicians (2005), Action Painting for 15 musicians (2005), Décombres for clarinet, double bass and electronics (2006), Octa 7 for harp and electronics, to a choreography by Olivia Grandville (2007), Tract for seven musicians (2007), Action directe for bass clarinet and ensemble (2007), Refontes for six percussionists and electronics (2008), Introduction aux ténèbres for bass, double bass, ensemble and electronics (2009), Charge for seven instruments and electronics, to a video by Paolo Pacchini (2009), Furia for piano and cello (2010), Faction for piano, percussion and electric guitar (2011), In Vivo for string quartet (2008-11), Shadow for six singers (2011), Rokh for flute, piano, violin and cello (2013), Registre des lumières for 30 singers, 16 instruments and live electronics (2013), String Quartet no. 2 Substance (2013), Graphein for ensemble (2014) Direct Action for two pianos and two percussionists (2015), Radium for seven performers (2015).