Philippe Manoury

Philippe Manoury: Composer

Genre: Classical

RIYL: Tristan Murail, John Cage, Frank Zappa, Pierre Boulez

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Influences: Michel Philippot, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Kronos Quartet


Renowned French composer Philippe Manoury studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Paris Conservatory. Highly influenced by experimental composers Michel Philippot, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and other ensembles.

He has also served as composer-in-residence with the Orchestre de Paris and the National Theatre in Orleans. His 2000 opera K…, designed for nine singers, orchestra, and electronics, is based on Kafka’s The Trial. His third opera La Nuit de Gutenberg was produced by the National Theatre in Orleans in 2003.

Since 2004, Manoury has been living near San Diego with his wife, writer and musicologist Daniela Langer, while he teaches at UCSD. His fourth opera La Nuit de Gutenberg made its debut in September 2011. To celebrate the UCSD composer’s 60th birthday in June 2012, the Orchestre de Paris premiered his new piano concerto.

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