Conductors and Composers
Bastien Stil, Conductor
Bastien Stil has been invited to conduct the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in recordings of Russian trumpet concertos of the modern period,(Vassilienko, Nesterov, Pakhmutova….), a project that started in 2010. Following this, he has been invited to conduct musicians of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France at the Maison de la radio for a concert in aid of UNICEF, l'Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, l’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, l'Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, in such prestigious places as Wiener’s Konzerthaus, Paris Philharmonie, Monte Carlo’s Palais Garnier, Barbican Center (…), and broadcasted on french and international medias (arte, mezzo, bbc, cz tv, etc.)
Future engagements include a recording of Shostakovitch’s first Symphony and the world premiere of Dimitri Tchesnokov’s violin concerto (soloist: Sarah Nemtanu) with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, debut with the Ensemble InterContemporain (recording of David Hudry’s “The Forgotten City”), BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, l’Orchestre Lamoureux, Victor Hugo/Franche-Comté Symphonic Orchestra (…) He’ll conduct again on several occasions l’Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, l’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Brno Philharmonic.
Bastien Stil’s dense and multidisciplinary musical career started by learning piano in Rouen with Pierre Duvauchelle (a student of Marguerite Long and Marcel Dupré, also founder of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris). He also studied brass instruments , composition, analysis, music history and conducting (S.Billard, C.Levacher). He then got a place at the Conservatoire (CNSM) in Paris where he graduated with distinction in all of these disciplines and worked conducting regularly with Neil Thomson (Royal College of Music).
As a soloist, he has been invited to play and give Master Classes in France and abroad (Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam...) and has performed as an orchestral musician in the most prestigious French orchestras (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Opéra de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Intercontemporain) which has enabled him to work under some of the greatest maestri: E.Svetlanov, V.Gergiev, M.W.Chung, P.Boulez, R.Mutti, C.Eischenbach, P.Jaarvi…
Eclectic, versatile and always in search of different challenges, Bastien Stil has also collaborated with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time (Wayne Shorter, Avishai Cohen, Milton Nascimento, Marcus Roberts, Richard Galliano, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Liebman,etc.)
Thierry Escaich, composer
A unique figure in contemporary music
Composer, organist and improviser Thierry Escaich is a unique figure in contemporary music and one of the most important French composers of his generation. The three elements of Escaich’s artistry are inseparable, allowing him to express himself as a performer, creator and collaborator in a wide range of settings.
Escaich composes in many genres and forms, always exploring new sound horizons. His catalogue numbers over 100 works which, with their lyrical, rich harmonies and rhythmic energy, have attracted a wide audience. Drawing from the French line of composition of Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux, and imbued with references from contemporary, folk and spiritual music, the distinctive sound-world of Escaich’s music is anchored by an obsessive rhythmic drive and an overarching sense of architecture.
This very personal style encompasses both intimate works and large-scale pieces, such as Chaconne for orchestra; oratorio Le Dernier Évangile and a double concerto for violin and cello, Miroir d’Ombres. His first opera Claude, on a libretto by Robert Badinter after Victor Hugo's Claude Gueux, was premiered at the Opéra de Lyon in March 2013 to great acclaim. His most recent new works include a double concerto for Lisa Batiashvili and Francois Leleux co-commissioned by NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and the New York Philharmonic, Psalmos, a concerto for orchestra, premiered by Cincinnati Symphony, and Organ Concerto No.3 which receives its world premiere by Escaich and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in 2017.
Escaich has composed many works for the organ including solo works, two concerti and the symphonic poem La Barque Solaire for organ and orchestra. Escaich’s Organ Concerto No.1 has been performed by orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, and was selected as a highlight of the organ concerto repertoire in Gramophone: “His concerto exploits the full sonic and colour ranges of orchestra and organ in this thrilling three-movement work, the second movement rising to an awe-inspiring climax only topped by the shattering coda of the finale.” Gramophone, September 2014.
His works are performed by leading orchestras in Europe and North America and by musicians such as Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux, Valery Gergiev, Lothar Zagrosek, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Paul Meyer, John Mark Ainsley and the Quatuor Voce. Escaich has been Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille and the Paris Chamber Orchestra and his music has been honoured by three ‘Victoires de la Musique’ awards (2003, 2006 and 2011). Since 1992, Thierry Escaich has taught composition and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, where he himself studied and obtained eight ‘premiers prix’. In 2013 he received the honour of being appointed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is Artistic Director of the Mariinsky International Organ Festival.
Thierry Escaich’s career as a composer is closely linked to his career as an organist, which has led him to be one of the ambassadors of the great French school of improvisation, in the wake of Maurice Duruflé, whom he succeeded as organist of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris. He appears in recitals internationally, combining repertoire pieces with his own compositions and improvisations. His passion for cinema has led him to perform ‘cine-concerts’, improvised accompaniments on both the organ and piano for silent films such as Phantom of the Opera and Metropolis.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the World premiere of Organ Concerto No.3, co-commissioned by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, American Guild of Organists and Orchestre National de Lyon. He appears at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, including the World premiere of a new Sextet and a composer-portrait concert focusing on Escaich. Elsewhere this season Escaich performs recitals at Wiener Konzerthaus, Münchner Orgelherbst, has engagements with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Athens State Orchestra, and performs improvisations to silent films at Auditorium de Lyon and Radio France.
Many of Escaich’s works have been recorded by Accord/Universal. Most recently the disc Les Nuits hallucinées (2011), which crowned his residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon, received numerous distinctions, including a 'Choc de l’année' from Classica magazine as an outstanding release of the year. Most recently a DVD was released of his opera Claude from the world premiere at Opéra de Lyon conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.
Carlos Restrepo, composer
Last edited: 20/04/2017