PROFESSORS OF THE FIRST ACADEMY
Franck Bedrossian (France)
After studying harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and musical analysis at the Conservatoire Supйrieur de Paris, he studied composition with Allain Gaussin and entered the Conservatoire National Supйrieur de Musique de Paris (class of Gerard Grisey and Marco Stroppa) where he obtained a first prize of analysis and the diploma of higher studies in composition unanimously. In 2002-2003, he attended the Cursus in composition and computer music at IRCAM and receives education Philippe Leroux, Brian Ferneyhough, Tristan Murail and Philippe Manoury. Meanwhile, he completed his training with Helmut Lachenmann (Acanthes 1999, International Ensemble Modern Akademie 2004).
His works have been performed in France and abroad by ensembles such as L’Itinйraire, 2E2M, Ictus, Court Circuit, Cairn, Ensemble Modern, Alternance, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Contrechamps, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Danel Quartet, the Diotima Quartet, as part of festivals Agora, Resonances, Manca, Musica Nova, International Festival Cervantino, RTЙ Living Music Festival, Prйsences, L’Itinйraire de Nuit, Musica Strasbourg, Ars Musica, Nuova Consonanza, Suona Francese, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Fabbrica Europa, Wien Modern, Archipel, Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusik, Darmstadt Ferienkurse fьr Neue Musik. His works have been commissioned by prestigious institutions, festivals and benefactors like the Villa Medici, the French Ministry of Culture, the Orchestre National de Lyon, IRCAM, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, SWR, the Fromm Foundation, Franзoise et Jean-Philippe Billarant.
In 2001, he received a grant from the Fondation Meyer , the Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation and in 2004, the price-Hervй Dugardin SACEM.
Pierluigi Billone (Italy)
Born in 1960 in Italy, lives in Vienna. He studied under Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann.
From 2006 to 2008 Pierluigi Billone has been guest professor for composition at the Music University Graz, in 2009 at the High School of Music Frankfurt, and from 2010 at the Music University Graz.
He receives regular invitations to give seminars on composition and guest lectures (IEMA-International Ensemble Modern Academy Frankfurt , Conservatoire Paris, Conservatorium Amsterdam, Musikuniversitдt Wien, Harvard University Boston, Columbia University N.Y., Summer courses Darmstadt 2010, Impulse Academy Graz 2011, Tzlil Meducan Israel 2011).
Among the prizes he has received for his works are the City of Stuttgart Composition Prize (1993), the Busoni Award for Composition from the Akademie der Kьnste Berlin (1996), the Vienna International Composition Prize (2004), the Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna (2006), and the Grant in aid Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung Munich (2010).
His works have been featured at festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Wien Modern, the Wittener Tagen fьr neue Kammermusik, Ars Musica Bruxelles, Festival d’Automne а Paris and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, and broadcasted by the most important European radios (BBC, WDR, SDR, BRD, NDR, ORF, DRS, RCE, RF).
His music appears on the CD labels Kairos, Stradivarius, Col-legno, Durian, EMSA, ein_klang