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impuls . 10th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, February 10th - 22nd, 2017



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Brice Pauset, composition

Composer Brice Pauset was born in Besançon in 1965 and started his musical education by learning the piano, violin and harpsichord before turning to composition. In 1994 he was awarded a grant by the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and became a student at Ircam from 1994 to 1996. He studied with Michel Philippot, Gérard Grisey and Alain Bancquart in Paris and since then has pursued a dual career as a composer and performer of his own works as well as playing the early repertoire on the harpsichord and pianoforte and, occasionally, the modern piano.

In France, Brice Pauset regularly works with Ircam, the Festival d'Automne in Paris and the Ensemble Accroche Note, the Ars Musica Festival in Belgium, Klangforum Wien in Austria, and in Germany with the SWR (Baden-Baden) and WDR (Köln) radios, the Musik-Biennale Berlin and the Ensemble Recherche in Freiburg im Breisgau. On occasion his works call for musicians unexpected in the realm of contemporary music, such as his “Vanités” which was first sung by countertenor Gérard Lesne with Il Seminario Musicale at Royaumont, “Kontra-Sonate” based on “Schubert's Sonata op. 42 (D 845)”, which Andreas Staier performed in June 2001 in Hagen and Paris, and “Schlag-Kantilene” based on Beethoven's violin concerto, with David Grimal and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, conducted by Peter Eötvös (2010). Pauset also completed, among many other ensemble or chamber works, a six-symphony cycle (2001 to 2009). The Arditti String Quartet, together with WDR Choir and Orchestra, under Matthias Pintscher's baton, premiered “Das Dornröschen” (2012) at Köln Philharmony, Germany.

Since 2010, he teaches composition at Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau and runs the New Music Department of this very institution. Since 2012, he is appointed as Chief Executive of the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva.



Due to illness Brice Pauset had to cancel his participation at impuls 2017.


Brice Pauset @ Editions Lemoine

Brice Pauset @ Hochschule für Musik Freiburg