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Raphaël Cendo

Raphaël Cendo

Raphaël Cendo studied piano and composition at the École normale de musique de Paris before joining the composition class at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. He then participated in IRCAM’s Cursus for Composition and Computer Music. Cendo has studied with Allain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto Romitelli, and Philippe Manoury. Along with other composers of his generation, Yann Robin and Franck Bedrossian, he advocates an aesthetic of sonic saturation. Inspired by today’s music, Cendo cultivates boundless energy in his music and seeks what is commonly camouflaged, masked in sound; shapeless clay modeled with extreme care.

Cendo’s works have been commissioned by a broad range of institutions, performed by several world-renowned ensembles (Itinéraire, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ictus, Cairn, musikFabrik, Alternance, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne), and interpreted by performers such as Miquel Bernat, Alain Billard, Daniel Kawka, Jean Deroyer, Pascal Rophé, Guillaume Bourgogne, Peter Rundel, and Georges-Élie Octors. A resident at the Académie de France in Rome (villa Médicis) from 2009 to 2011, he has taught composition at the conservatory of Nanterre since 2008. His work is published by the éditions Billaudot. Raphaël Cendo lives and works in Berlin.

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