Bruno Mantovani

French composer (born 1974 in Paris)

Bruno Mantovani entered the Paris conservatoire in 1993. He graduated in 2000 in five subjects: analysis, musical appreciation, orchestration, composition and music history. He continued his studies with the IRCAM course on music information technology. Very soon, his compositions met with great success. In 1999, he won first prize in the City of Stuttgart competition and became composer-in-residence at the Herrenhaus in Edenkoben (Germany). Since 2001, he has been a special guest at the Musica festival (which presented a special feature on Bruno Mantovani in 2006). In 2002, he became composer-in-residence in Bologna as part of the AFAA's "Villa Médicis hors les murs" programme. Two years later, he joined the Académie de France in Rome, the famous and prestigious Villa Médicis, then, the following year, he won the Prix Caplet. In 2006, he began a two-year residency programme at the Besançon Festival, then, from 2008 to 2011, he worked closely with the Lille, Toulouse and Lyon orchestras. In 2009, he was elected Composer of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique awards. In 2010, the Opéra de Paris commissioned him to compose some works, resulting in the ballet Siddharta (2010) and the opera Akhmatova (2011). That same year, he was appointed director of the Paris conservatoire and was awarded the honour of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, along with the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize by the Berlin Philharmonic.

Bruno Mantovani enjoys an international reputation as a composer and regularly works with soloists such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Tabea Zimmermann, under the baton of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Laurence Equilbey, Philippe Jordan and François Xavier-Roth. He is fascinated by the relationships between music and non-musical forms of expression, and is keen to work with other leading figures such as novelists Hubert Nyssen and Eric Reinhardt, librettists Christophe Ghristi and François Regnault, culinary chefs Ferran Adrià and Mathieu Pacaud, film-director Pierre Coulibeuf and choreographers Jean-Christophe Maillot and Angelin Preljocaj. In recent years, Bruno Mantovani has also become involved in orchestral conducting and regularly conducts the Accentus, Alternance and Sospeso ensembles, as well as the orchestras in Lille, Lyon, Toulouse and Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Several of his works have been premiered on Radio France: the Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra, by violists Tabea Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit (2009), Cantata No. 3 by the Radio France Chorus and the French National Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti (2012) and two works - Quartes blanches and Idée fixe - during a series of concerts by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2015.

Landmark dates in the life of Bruno Mantovani:
• 1999: residency at the Herrenhaus in Edenkoben, Germany
• 2002: two-year residency in Bologna
• 2004: entered the Villa Medicis in Rome
• 2006: special feature at the Musica festival
• 2009: Composer of the Year award at the Victoires de la Musique
• 2010: appointed director of the Paris conservatoire

A few key works by Bruno Mantovani:
• Cello Concerto, for cello and orchestra, 2005
• Eclair de lune, for three instrumental groups and electronics, 2007
 L’Enterrement de Mozart, for 5 voices and ensemble, 2008
• Akhmatova, opera, 2010
• Jeux d’eau, concerto for violin and orchestra, 2012
• Symphony No. 1, L'Idée fixe, for orchestra, 2015 

Biography compiled from Radio France Musical Documentation, February 2016