Mr. Eric Tanguy
Commissioned Composer of the 7th Competition 2015
Born in Caen in 1968, Eric Tanguy has become one of the most widely performed and broadcast French composers of our days. A student of Horatiu Radulescu, he subsequently completed his education with Ivo Malec, Gérard Grisey and Betsy Jolas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, from which he graduated in 1991.
Eric Tanguy has been distinguished with numerous awards and prizes along the years. In November 2012, he has received the "Grand prix de la SACEM", the highest distinction for achievements throughout a career, and in April 2014 the Composers' "Grand prix des Lycéens" awarded by high school students from all across France. He was twice declared "Composer of the Year" at the Victoires de la musique classique (in 2004 and 2008).
He was also the recipient of the Stipendienpreis in Darmstadt (1988), the "Villa Medicis hors les murs" prize (1989), the Prize of the French-German Cultural Council (1991), the Villa Medicis Competition (1992), the Kranichstein Musikpreis in Darmstadt (1992), the André-Caplet Prize of the Institut de France (1995) and the Hervé-Dugardin Prize of the SACEM (1997).
A resident of the Académie de France in Rome (1993-1994), Eric Tanguy was a guest of the Tanglewood Music Center on a special invitation from Henri Dutilleux. He was composer in residence in Champagne-Ardenne (1995), in Lille (1996), at the Orchestre de Bretagne (between 2001 and 2003) and at the Festival des Arcs (2011). He was guest composer at the Festival "Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui" in Caen (2007) and the Holstebro Festival in Denmark (2012).
His output comprises more than hundred works to this day, ranging from solo pieces to concertos, vocal pieces and symphonic works. They have been included into the repertoire of major performers of our time: conductors (Alain Altinoglu, Lionel Bringuier,Semyon Bychkov, Jesús López Cobos, Paul Daniel, Paavo J?rvi, Theodor Guschlbauer, Louis Langrée, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Ariane Matiakh, Pascal Rophé, Christopher Russel,Yutaka Sado, Marko Letonja, Heinrich Schiff, Stefan Sanderling); soloists (Piotr Anderszewski, Nicholas Angelich, Suzana Bartal, Frank Braley, Renaud et Gautier Capu?on, Henri Demarquette, Anne Gastinel, Ivry Gitlis, Fran?ois-Frédéric Guy, Natalia Gutman, Fran?ois Leleux, Vahan Mardirossian, Emmanuel Pahud, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Akiko Suwanai, Janne Thomsen, Cecilia Tsan) as well as actors such as Michel Blanc, who premiered Tanguy's monodrama Sénèque, dernier jour in 2004; ensembles (Quatuor Arditti, Quatuor Attaca, Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Modigliani, Quatuor Psophos, Quatuor Rosamonde, Quatuor Ysa?e, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble K?ln, Tokyo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta) and numerous French and foreign orchestras (Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre d'Aarhus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, G?vle Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Sinfonia, Liège Orchestra, Mainz Orchestra, Minsk Orchestra, Novossibirsk Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Roma Tre Orchestra, Rostov Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Royal Northern Philharmonia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Ljubljana Orchestra, etc.)
In 2001, Mstislav Rostropovitch commissioned and premiered Tanguy's Second Cello Concerto at the Fl?neries Musicales in Reims, following which he performed it again in Boston and at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.
Just a few years later, in 2007, Anne Gastinel premiered (again at the Fl?neries Musicales in Reims) In Terra Pace, an homage to Mstislav Rostropovitch, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France conducted by Michel Plasson.
In 2009, for its thirtieth anniversary, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris premiered In Excelsis for orchestra at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Tanguy was also commissioned the compulsory piece by the 9th Mstislav Rostropovitch Cello Competition for which he wrote Invocation for solo cello (premiered in November 2009). Only a year later, his vocal piece Les mains papillon for mixed choir and children's choir (a commission of the Orchestre de Paris) received its premiere at Salle Pleyel.
In 2012, his Trio for piano, violin and cello was premiered in France at Radio France by Marie-Josephe Jude, Stéphanie-Marie Degand and Cecilia Tsan (who commissioned the work) and also in the US by the Pantoum Trio at the prestigious Jacaranda concert series in California.
Tanguy's latest compositions include his Organ Concerto premiered in Caen in 2013 by Stéphane Béchy and the Orchestre de Caen conducted by Vahan Mardirossian and his latest symphonic work Affettuoso - in memoriam Henri Dutilleux premiered in January 2014 by the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Paavo J?rvi.
In March 2014, he has been invited by the International Music Fesival NIPPON in Nagoya, on which occasion Akiko Suwanai and Akira Eguchi have performed the premiere of In a dream for violin and piano.
Highlights of future seasons include a new symphonic work to be premiered by the Orchestre National d'Ile de France under the baton of Enrique Mazzola in the newly built Philharmonie de Paris (March 2015), a new work for solo piano to be premiered by Steven van Hauwaert in Los Angeles in the Piano Sphere concert series (June 2015), a commission of the Jyv?skyl? Symphony Orchestra for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius (December 2015) and a Piano Concerto for Nicholas Angelich and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France with Daniel Harding (December 2016).
His chamber opera after an original libretto by Michel Blanc (commission of the Thé?tre des Bouffes du Nord) will receive its premiere in Paris also in 2016.
Since 2002, Eric Tanguy is teaching composition at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in Paris. His reputation as a composer and professor has brought him invitations for masterclasses and lectures all around the world (New England Conservatory, Cardiff University, Royal College in London, UCLA in Los Angeles, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Composers' Union in Zagreb, French Music Academy in Kyoto, but also institutions from Belgium, Denmark, Spain etc). He was invited in numerous television and radio shows in France and abroad.
Eric Tanguy's works are published by Salabert/Universal Music since 1989. Many of them have been recorded and are available under the label of Virgin Classics, Na?ve, Transart and Intrada.