Biographie

Jérôme Combier est compositeur et directeur artistique de l’ensemble Cairn. Diplômé du CNSM de Paris dans les classes de composition (Emmanuel Nunes), d’orchestration et d’analyse musicale. Maîtrise —Le principe de variation chez Anton Webern— à l’université de Paris VIII, Saint-denis, sous la direction d’Antoine Bonnet, études de l'informatique musicale (Ircam, Philippe Leroux). Pensionnaire à la Villa Médicis, Prix de la Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet, Prix Pierre Cardin de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Jérôme Combier travaille régulièrement à l’Ircam (Stèles d’air, Gone, Dawnlight). Voyage au Japon (Akiyoshidaï international Art Village), au Kazakhstan et en Ouzbékistan (conservatoires de Tashkent et d’Almaty). En 2008 il est professeur pour la session de composition de l’Abbaye de Royaumont. En 2005, il imagine Vies silencieuses avec le peintre Raphaël Thierry et en 2008, l’installation Noir gris  avec le vidéaste Pierre Nouvel pour l’exposition Beckett au Centre Georges Pompidou. Il écrit Stèles d’air pour l’Ensemble Intercontemporain dans le cadre du Festival d’Automne à Paris. Sa musique est jouée au Louvre dans le cadre du cycle « Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez ». En 2011, avec Pierre Nouvel et Bertrand Couderc, il adapte pour la scène le roman de W.G. Sebald , Austerlitz, crée au Festival d’Aix-en-Provence et à l'Opéra de Lille . En 2012, il écrit l’opéra Terre et cendres avec Atiq Rahimi, commande de l'Opéra de Lyon. Il travaille avec Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, de la BBC Pays de Galles, avec les ensembles Ictus, Recherche, 2e2m, Accroche Note, Utopik, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Il donne des masterclass à l'Université de Berkeley (San Francisco), aux conservatoires d'Anvers, de Liège, de Lugano, à l'abbaye de Royaumont, à l'université Unesp de Soa Paulo et McGill de Montreal. .

La musique de Jérôme Combier est publiée aux éditions Lemoine et Verlag Neue Musik (Berlin) et enregistrée par les labels Motus et Æon (Vies silencieuses - Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros). Jérôme Combier obtient le prix Nouveau Talents de la Sacd et le Prix dela Fondation Koussevitzki, Library of Washington (USA).

Il est enseignant en création sonore et musicale à l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy.

Biography

Jérôme Combier began studying composition, harmony and counterpoint, analysis and orchestration under Hacène Larbi. He won first prize for counterpoint at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison. In 1997, he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Emmanuel Nunes. In 1998, he received a premier prix in analysis in Michaël Levinas’s class. In addition, he completed a Master’s degree with a dissertation on Anton Webern at Paris VIII University.In 1995, he was a finalist in the Griegselskalpet competition in Oslo. In September 1998, he was resident at the Royaumont Foundation and in the framework of an exchange with Royaumont, he was a composer in residence in Japan, in Akiyoshidaï for two months. In 2001, he earned a premier prix in composition, being unanimously placed first by the panel, and was selected to enter the programme in composition and computer- assisted music organised by IRCAM. Jérôme Combier is a prize-winner of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and the Pierre Cardin Foundation. In 2002, he was commissioned by Radio-France to write a piece for the Orchestre National de France, Pays de vent. In 2003 and 2004, with the support of the Paris Conservatoire, he organised concerts and courses in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. From 2004 to 2006 he was a scholarship holder at the Villa Médicis (the French Academy in Rome). During this time he met Raphaël Thierry who was to realise the visual installations for the cycle Vies silencieuses written for the Ensemble Cairn. The cd Vies silencieuses won the Grand Prix Charles Cros. At Rome, in the Sabine Villages, he took part along with the visual artist Xavier Noiret-Thomé in the exhibition ‘20 eventi’ under the patronage of Giuseppe Penone. In 2005 he composed music for the Ensemble Recherche in the framework of the Festival d’Automne in Paris. In collaboration with Pierre Nouvel, he created the installation Noir Gris for the Beckett exposition organised by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Since 2006, he has been invited regularly by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to contribute as a guest to the Académie européenne de musique’s activities and in 2011, in association with the video artist Pierre Nouvel, he imagined the Opéra Austerlitz based on the novel by W.G Sebadl. Austerlitz was produced by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Lille and the Kaaitheater of Brussels. In 2008 is invited as composer teatcher in Royamont abbey. In 2009 is obtain a commision by Le Musée du Louvre during the cycle of concerts “ Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez”. His piece, Anima Foglia for violin, is played also at Lucern Festival. In 2012, the Opéra de Lyon commissionned an opéra based on the novel Terre et cendres by the afghan writer Atiq Rahimi. His music is published by H.Lemoine. Some of his works have already been recorded by the Ensemble Cairn on the Motus label and Æon. Jerôme Combier is the artistic director of Ensemble Cairn, he is teatcher at the school of arts : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy. In 2017 Jérôme Combier obtain Grant award from Koussevitzky Foundation (Library of Congress, Washington).

CV

Education

IRCAM (Institut for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music)

2001-2002Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM – Paris (class of Philippe Leroux, courses with Tristan Murail, Jonathan Harvey, Philippe Manoury)

National Conservatory of Paris (CNSMD de Paris)

2001-1998Composition First Price, « with honors », class of Emmanuel Nunes

2001-2002Graduated in post master of composition, class of Emmanuel Nunes

1998Musical analysis First Price, class of Michaël Lévinas

University of Paris VIII – Saint-Denis

1996Master of musicology under the direction of Antoine Bonnet, at Paris VIII University de Paris « The princip of variation in Anton Webern' music »

Others institutions

1998-Sept.Masterclass of composition, courses with Brian Ferneyhough, Antoine Bonnet at Royaumont Abbey

1993-1995Graduated of countrepoint, analysis and harmonie (first Price) at Régional Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison

1990-1997Diploma of music studies and composition at Romainville National School of Music class of Hacène Larbi

1990-1994Guitar studies at Bourg-la-Reine National School of Music, class of Antonio Membrado

Appointements, teaching and jury

Ensemble Cairn

1998founded Ensemble Cairn : www.ensemble-cairn.com

1998-2018artistic director of Ensemble Cairn

2002first help from the french governement, DRAC île-De-France

2005-2010conventionned by the french governement, DRAC île-De-France, concert at Ircam (Manifest), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Tage für Neue Musik (Zurich), Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Allemagne), Borealis (Novège), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), SinusTon Festival (Magdeburg)

2006-2009Cairn in residency at Royaumont Abbey

2010-2018Cairn in residency at Théâtre d’Orléans, National theater

2016-2019Cairn becomes CERNI : Ensemble with Regional, National and International Influence.

2005-2018Cairn realize 5 Cds with the label Æon (music by Thierry Blondeau, Raphaël Cendo, Jérôme Combier, Gérard Pesson) and 1 Cd with the label Kairos (music by Tristan Murail)

Nationale School of Arts of Paris-Cergy

2012-2019Professor of Music and Sound creation at Nationale School of Arts of Paris-Cergy (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris –Cergy : ENSA Paris-Cergy). Titular

2013-2018students project at Festival Sonic-Prostest, Paris

Others

2009-2012Member of SACEM (French Copyright Society) " symphonic commission "

2014-JuneMember of jury for master degree of composition at National Conservatory of Paris (CNSMDP)

2016-MayMember of jury for master degree of composition at National Conservatory of Lyon (CNSML)

2016-Oct.Member of jury for master degree of composition at National Conservatory of Paris (CNSMDP)

2018-JuneMember of jury for master degree of composition at HEMG (Haute-École de Musique de Genève) -Switzerland

2019-JuneMember of jury for master degree of composition at HEMG (Haute-École de Musique de Genève) -Switzerland

Awards and Grants

2017Grant award, Koussevitzky Foundation, Library of Washington

2012Price SACD « Nouveau talents musique» (Society of Artist and Drama Composer)

2007Award « Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros » for the recording of « Vies silencieuses »

2006Award «  Prix Pierre Cardin » from the Fine-Arts Academy of France

2005-2006Resident at Villa Medici (Ex Roma Price) from april 2005 until october 2006

2002selected for the International Unesco Tribune ( Pays de vent, les Hébrides orchestral piece)

2001Award Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation (« Prix de la Vocation »)

1998winner of composition competition french-australian organised by National conservatory of Paris and the Australian National University of Camberra

1996Finalist at Grieg Grand Prix, competition for composer (Griegselskapet), Norway

Masterclass

2009-Sept.Masterclass and teatching at Royaumont abbey during Voix Nouvelles Festival

2014-11-08Masterclass at Berkeley University, California, class of Franck Bedrossian

2015-11-05Masterclass at UNSESP during IRCAM Forum, university of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

2015-02-16Masterclass at Lugano conservatory, class of Nadir Vassena (Swizerland )

2016-02-24Masterclass at McGill university, Montreal, class of Philippe Leroux and John Rea (Canada)

2016-Oct.Teacher for workshops in Prototype choreographic program of Royaumont abbey (directed by Hervé Robbe)

2017-Aug.Teacher at International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovski City (Russia)

2018-10-29Masterclass at Musik Horschule of Hannover, class of Gordon Williamson (Germany)

2018-Dec.Teacher for workshops in Prototype choreographic program of Royaumont abbey (directed by Hervé Robbe)

Selected presentations and lectures

2017-09-02Lecture at International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovski City (Russia), subject : Campo santo multimedia project or Opéra

2017-09-11Lecture at Moscow National Conservatory (Russia)

2017-03-02Lecture on Iannis Xenakis music at the National Theater of Caen (France), subject : Pleiades

2016 Sept.Seminar on W.G. Sebald at Château de Cerisy (subject : Looking for Austerlitz/Sebald)

2016-02-23Lecture at McGill university, Montreal (Canada), subject : Structure and form in Stèles d’air

2015-10-14Lecture at Ircam, class of Yann Maresz

2015-10-14Lecture at National Conservatory of Paris, class of Gérard Pesson

2015-02-16Lecture at Lugano conservatory, class of Nadir Vassena (Swizerland)

2015-11-04Lecture at UNSESP during IRCAM Forum, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), subject : The electronic in Dawnlight

2010-03-09Lecture at Conservatoire Royal d’Anvers (Belgium) during Ars Musica Festival

Residencies

2016-Aug.
Residency at Château de Chambord,

2005-2006 Residency at Villa Medici (Ex Roma Price) from april 2005 until october 2006

2015-2017 Artist in Residency at Théâtre d’Orléans, National Theater

2017 Associated Artist at the National Choreographic Center of Caen (directed by Alban Richard)

2003 Residency in Kazakhstan, Almaty Conservatory

2000 Residency at Akiyoshidaï-Art-Village, Japan, world premiere of Ishi for piano and shakuhachi

2004 Residency in Uzbekistan, Tashkent conservatory, festival Ilkhom, conducting pieces by Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail, Francesco Filidei

Selected concerts

2019-Feb.World premiere of In extenso, at Centre National de la Danse d’Angers ; choreography By Hervé Robbe

2016-12-14World premiere of Campo santo, multimedia project realized with Pierre Nouvel and Bertrand Couderc (light designer), Théâtre d'Orléans, IRCAM, Théatre de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon), Maison de la Culture (Bourges)

2012-03-20World premiere of Terre et cendres, Opera commissioned by Opéra de Lyon. Text by Atiq Rahimi, stage direction Yoshi Oida.

2011-07-19World premiere of Austerlitz (composition, text adaptation, stage direction), commission of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opéra de Lille. Project realized with Pierre Nouvel (vidéo), Bertrand Couderc (light designer), and Ictus Ensemble

2010-10-05World premiere of Gone, Festival Musica, IRCAM production, performed by Accroche Note.

2008-08-30World premiere of Anima foglia, commission of Le Louvre and Lucern Academy during the season : « Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez  » performed by Nathalie Shaw

2007World premiere of Stèles d’air, IRCAM commission, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, dir. Susanna Malki

2007Cd Vies silencieuses, Æon Label, ensemble Cairn

2006World premiere of Noir azur, commission of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

2005World premiere of Estran, commission of Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ensemble Recherche

2005Cd Pays de vents, Motus Label, Orchestra National de France, Ensemble Cairn

2003Pays de vent, commissionned by Radio-France for Orchestre National de France, P. Rophé

Exhibitions

2019-June« Architecture temps » visual and sound installation with the photograph Tadzio at the National Art Center : « Les tanneries »

2009-Sept.« Fra le ombre » Exhibtion at Royaumont Abbey with the painter Raphaël Thierry

2007-MarchNoir gris, installation on Samuel Beckett piece « Impromptu d’Ohio » at Centre-Georges Pompidou (Paris-France), with Pierre Nouvel

2006-May« Eventi » Exhibtion with the painter Xavier-Noiret Thomé and the writer Mathias Enard in Roma, curatorial by Giuseppe Penone

Recordings Cds and Scores

2005Vies silencieuses - Ensemble Cairn - Æon label ("Grand Prix" of Charles Cros Academy)

2016Gone - Ensemble Cairn - Æon label ("Coup de cœur " of Charles Cros Academy)

2000Pays de vent - National french Orchestra, Ensemble Cairn - Motus label ("Coup de cœur" of Charles Cros Academy)

2005-2019Music published by Editions Henry Lemoine, Paris

2015-2019Music published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin