B i o g r a p h y

"Pensionnaire" of the Académie de France in Rome - Villa Médicis in 2017-2018, Aurélien Dumont (born in 1980 in Marcq-en-Baroeul) is a doctor in musical composition as part of the SACRe program of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris ( PSL) and the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, where he followed the teaching of Gérard Pesson. He is also studying at IRCAM, in courses 1 and 2 in composition and computer music.

His music questions the concept of « alterity» as defined by the philosopher François Jullien, as a possible way to understand the complexity of our contemporary world. Working with other artists, opening to Japanese culture and music of the past, the crystallization of social issues and developing a close electronic sound design pose the aesthetic foundations of a music that arises by tensioning objects designed in « bricks languages » (Roland Barthes).

Aurélien Dumont has won several international competitions (Pierre Cardin Prize awarded by the French Institut, Hervé Dugardin prize and Georges Enesco prize by SACEM, San Fedele Prize in Milan, Takefu International Music Festival Prize, GRAME’s new forum jeune création Prize, Salabert Foundation Prize, etc.)

His works, which cover a wide range of chamber music to opera, are played worldwide by renowned performers (François-Frédéric Guy, Marc Mauillon, Catalina Vicens,Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Quatuor Diotima, Sonar Quartett, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble Itinéraire, Ensemble KNM Berlin, Ensemble 2E2M, Ensemble Mozaik, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Next Mushroom Promotion, Ensemble Muromachi, Ensemble les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Aedes, ...); his first monographic disc "While", published by NoMad music label in September 2015, was praised by critics and received Coup de Coeur by Académie Charles Cros.

His second CD portrait "Stillness",  played by Ensemble Linea and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz, released by the American label Odradek in February 2018, was selected by Le Monde and receives the prestigious International Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros.

Passionate about transmission, Aurélien Dumont was invited to Santiago de Chile's Composers' Meetings in 2016, in residence at the Théâtre de Cornouaille - Quimper National Stage, for the 2015-2017 seasons, in residency at the Ensemble 2E2M in 2018, at the Conservatoire d'Ivry-sur-Seine for the 2017-2019 seasons and at Maison Maria Casarès for the 2019-2021 seasons.

Updated: June 2018

©Manfredi Gioacchini pour l'Académie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis, 2017