Richard Dubugnon

Swiss composer (Lausanne - 1968)

Richard Dubugnon is a composer with multiple influences. His music includes as much the harmonies post-Debussy as some aspects of the actual genres: rap, funk, hip-hop and modern jazz.

Richard Dubugnon started music at the late age of 20. But his progression was lightning. After a curriculum of 2 years in writing and 4 years in double bass training, he was admitted at the Paris Conservatoire. He won his first prizes in 1993 and 1995. In London, he graduated from the Royal Academy of music with a masters in composition and then was a teacher for 7 years. He came back to France in 2003 and started a career as an instrumentalist , regularly playing with the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris or with the one of the Suisse Romande. But it was as a composer that he acquired his notoriety that has been rewarded by honorary distinctions: Prix de la Fondation Nadia et Lili Boulanger and Prix Pierre Cardin de l’Académie des Beaux Arts (2003), Grand Prix des Lycéens for his album Arcanes Symphoniques (2009). In 2006 he left for a two-year-residence with the Orchestre National de Montpellier. At Janine Jensen's request, he composed a Violin Concerto. Its creation in 2008 by violinist and the Orchestre de Paris directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen won a great success.

In 2010, Richard Dubugnon moved to the United States as a resident composer and stayed there for two years. The following year, his piece Battlefield, concerto pour 2 pianos et double orchestre was created by Katia and Marielle Labèque under the conducting of Semyon Bychkov in Los Angeles. In 2013, at the Festival de Verbier, Kent Nagaro conducted the creation of Vol Alpin, first part of the cycle of symphonies Helvetia

Richard Dubugnon's pieces are often played by formations like the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National  and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and by soloists such as Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, Renaud and Gauthier Capuçon.

Six landmark dates in the life of Richard Dubugnon
1993: first prize in writing at the Paris Conservatoire
2000: Mikroncerto I
2004: Sonate phonomorphique n° 1
2008: creation of his Violin Concerto by Janine Jansen
2011: creation of Battlefield by sisters Labèque
2013: creation of Vol alpin at the Festival de Verbier

Radio France documentation biography, April 2014