French composer born (1937-2020)


Paul Méfano studied with Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger, Darius Milhaud and Georges Dandelot at the Paris Conservatoire.


He also attended classes taught by Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur in Basle, attended the Domaine Musical concerts and the Darmstadt seminars, and was admitted to Olivier Messiaen's class at the Paris Conservatoire.


In 1965, he had a work premiered at the Domaine Musical, conducted by Bruno Maderna.


From 1966 to 1968, he visited the United States, then spent a year in Berlin on a German cultural exchange fellowship.


On his return to France in 1970, he concentrated on composition and conducting and founded Ensemble 2e2m in 1972.


Paul Méfano has recorded more than 40 cds with works by Charles-Valentin Alkan, Claude Debussy, Gideon Klein and composers of his own and the new generation. He has been awarded a number of distinctions and won several prizes (especially Florence Gould by the Institut de France, Koussevitsky in 1967,.SACEM for symphonic music in 1989)


He is director of the Champign-sur-Marne Conservatory (1972-1988),  professor of composition and orchestration at the Paris Conservatoire (1989-2002) and director of the Versailles Conservatoire (1996-2005).


Agata Zubel

Aphorisms on Miłosz (extrait)


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