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Giraud, Suzanne

Daniel Kawka

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Metz, July 31, 1958). French composer. She was a student at the Strasbourg Conservatoire before entering the Paris Conservatoire, where her principal composition teachers were Ballif, Constant and Dufourt. She also studied the techniques of electro-acoustic composition and spectral music at IRCAM, the Groupe de Recherches Musicales and with Murail, before undertaking further studies with Donatoni and Ferneyhough. She was resident at the Villa Medici, Rome, from 1984 to 1986. She has received a number of awards, including the Enesco Prize of the SACEM, and commissions from French Radio and the Ensemble InterContemporain. She taught at the Paris Conservatoire from 1988 until 1993, when she became director of the Conservatoire de Paris 20e Arrondissement.

Most of Giraud’s works are written for chamber groups of varying size and configuration; her often unusual choice of instruments, as for example in Episode en forme d’oubli and Le rouge des profondeurs...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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