Thierry Lancino
(France - 1954)

" The determination to lead his own freedom has driven Thierry Lancino to reveal himself as a multifaceted composer of imaginative experiments and invention. This freedom and this independence of tone are the main characteristics of his work ."

Thierry Lancino’s lyrical, colorful and bold musical writing lends itself particularly well to the human voice, which features prominently in many of his compositions. He has been awarded the prestigious commission from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress (2007) for which he wrote a Requiem for a world premiere with Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir at Salle Pleyel, in Paris (January 2010). French writer Pascal Quignard (Goncourt Prize 2002) was commissioned the libretto. The public and the press gave an ovation to the premiere. Marcel Quillévéré, in Forum Opera, writes about the Requiem: “At last a great contemporary work that can touch the largest public. An event, there is no doubt! Lancino has a sharp sense of the theatrical time, of rupture, of declamation that music, relentlessly magnifies. The Requiem lasts about 1h 20, and attention never drops. The public, very concentrated, full of attention, in an almost pious silence makes no mistake, and lets itself be invaded by this music which has transcended the schools and radiates with beauty.”

In recent years, Lancino has focused on large orchestral writing which includes his Violin Concerto (Châtelet, 2005) for the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra with violinist, Isabelle Faust and The Death of Virgil an orchestral suite with three singers (Orchestre National de France, 2000), both works having had their premiere in Paris. Equally at home in chamber music, ONXA (2005), a hauntingly beautiful work for mezzo soprano and strings, was given its U.S. premiere at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in summer 2008 with mezzo Monica Groop and his Cinq Caprices for violin and piano were heard in New York at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in October 2008 with Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Alan Feinberg, piano. Accentus (Jeune Chœur de Paris), music director Laurence Equilbey, commissioned him a choral work - Who is the Third? - which was premiered at the Opera Comique in Paris, 2009.

Thierry Lancino was appointed Pensionnaire of the Académie de France à Rome (1988-90) at the Villa Médicis - formerly the historical Prix de Rome- which honors composers for their entire body of literature. During that time he wrote his often performed music theater work The Ship of Fools. Before living in Rome and at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Lancino was on the artistic staff at the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) for seven years which included research and teaching and resulted in commissions (for the Institute’s 10th anniversary) and recordings.

Amongst numerous commissions and performances from ensembles worldwide, Thierry Lancino has been given grants from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture, and he received awards from the European Union of Radios (UER), the Foundation Beaumarchais, Prix Medicis hors les murs, Prix des Jeunes Compositeurs Européens, Prix Sacem as well as multi year residencies in the universities of Colgate, Stanford and San Diego and at the Abbaye de La Prée. He can be heard on recordings by Wergo, Ades/MFA, Triton, K167. After completing university, Lancino studied at the Conservatoire de Paris. He presently resides in New York City.

"Lancino’s dual personality, classical and experimental, makes him accessible, although he leaves no room for concession, nor academic formulas. Discreet, curious and showing a singular culture, he is immersed in musical art away from dominant trends. ."

Quotes above from Sabine Ejdelman (Le Courrier Français) .

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