Bruno Mantovani was born in 1974. After studies in piano, percussion, and jazz at the Perpignan Conservatory, he entered the Paris Conservatory in 1993, where he was awarded first prizes in analysis, aesthetics, orchestration, composition, and music history. He continued studies in Paris with Guy Reibel, received a master's degree in musicology at the University of Rouen, and pursued research at Royaumont in 1995 and at IRCAM in 1998-99.

Mr. Mantovani subsequently worked with such soloists and conductors as Barbara Hendricks, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Vincent David, Jean Geoffroy, Michel Dalberto, Jay Gottlieb, Péter Eötvös, Manfred Schreier, and Laurent Cuniot. He works regularly with certain ensembles, among them TM+ (for whom he has written works since 1997), Alternance, and starting in 2001, the Ensemble InterContemporain.

His works have been commissioned by the French government, Radio France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre de Saarbrucken, the Cologne Radio, and the Ensemble InterContemporain, as well as various organizations (such as Musique Nouvelle en Liberté and Musik Der Jahrhunderte) and festivals (Musica, Octobre en Normandie, Aujourd'hui musique). His compositions are performed widely in France and internationally, and have won various awards. His Violin Concerto and Turbulences won the first prize of the City of Stuttgart contest of 1999; D'un rêve parti was selected by Gaudeamus in Amsterdam in 2001; and Série noire was recommended to broadcasters by the Tribune of Composers of U the same year.

Bruno Mantovani has also received a composition fellowship from the Academy of Beaux-Arts in 1997, another fellowship from the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation in 1999, the Hervé Dugardin prize of Sacem in 2000, and critical praise for a CD devoted to his music on the label Aeon.

Among Mr. Mantovani's prestigious invitations include the 1999 Herrenhaus Edenkoben, at the bequest of Péter Eötvös; the October in Normandy festival in 2001; the city of Bologna, for the Villa Médicis hors les murs program of AFAA in 2002; and the Festival of Arcs that same year.


Moonshine Room at Club Café | February 2, 2010
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | March 9, 2007

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[Concert Review] Surveying the musical landscape of France

A few minutes into the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s performance of Pascal Dusapin’s chamber-ensemble piece Coda, Gil Rose brought the music to a sudden halt. He calmly explained to the audience that he’d just encountered “every conductor’s nightmare”: He’d turned three pages in his score at once. And when that happens, he said with a small smile, there’s nothing to do but start over.

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[Press Release] The Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents French Counterpoints; an evening of all-French composers

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation's only orchestra dedicated to performing, commissioning, and recording new music, devotes the entire evening of Friday, March 9, 2007 at 8pm, at Boston's Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street) to performing new and recent works from three contemporary French composers.

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[Press Release] BMOP announces 10th anniversary season

BMOP announces that its 10th anniversary season will open on November 3, 2006 at Jordan Hall. For 10 years BMOP has been Boston's only orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing and recording new music. Led by founding Artistic Director Gil Rose, BMOP is considered to be the premier orchestra for new music in the country.

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