Aurélien Dumont, a French composer born in 1980, is based in both Paris and Tokyo. He studied composition at the national music conservatory (CNSMDP) in Paris under Gérard Pesson, earned a Masters of Composition, and received the Prix Salabert. He also studied composition and computer music at IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2).
In 2012, he was selected for the newly-created, multidisciplinary, doctoral program, SACRe (science, art, creation, research), at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and the Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, headed by Jérôme Dokic, Laurent Feneyrou, and Gérard Pesson.
His theorization and musical interests are presented in a reflection on the notion of alterity. His music is thought out like a time slider, like a mapping project composed of small landscapes dotted with a hodgepodge of unexpected musical objects. These objects may be from Japanese culture, music from the past, contemporary poetry – especially the works of writer Dominique Quélen with whom he has long enjoyed a fruitful collaboration – from literature, and other performance arts:
- 2011, Grands Défilés, his musical theater show is created at the Lille opera house, with stage direction by Frédéric Tentelier;
- 2014, his opera Chantier Woyzeck, libretto by Dorian Astor, was performed at the suburban Paris Théâtre Jean Vilar in Vitry-sur-Seine by the Ensemble 2e2m, conducted by Pierre Roullier, and with stage direction by Mireille Larroche;
- 2015, he signed the music for a show based on The Dybbuk by S. Ansky, created for the city of Montpellier’s Printemps des Comédiens, stage direction by Benjamin Lazar and Louise Moaty.
Aurélien Dumont has received several international awards, notably, the city of Milan’s San Fedele prize (2010-2013), the Takefu International Music Festival prize (2012), and the New Forum Jeune Création competition organized by GRAME (2012-2014). In 2013, the Académie des Beaux-Arts awarded him the Pierre Cardin prize and in 2014, France’s SACEM honored him with the Hervé Dugardin prize.
He has received numerous commissions for original creations, notably from the French government, Radio France, Impuls Neue Musik, the Teatro La Fenice, and the Ars Musica festival, to name but a few. His works are performed at major international music festivals by renowned musical groups such as Klangforum Wien, Linea Ensemble, 2e2m Ensemble, Recherche Ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, Kammer Neue Musik Berlin Ensemble, Mosaik Ensemble, Adapter Ensemble, vocal ensembles like Les Cris de Paris and Aedes, as well as the Muromachi Ensemble.
Aurélien Dumont is the composer in residence at the Théâtre de Cornouaille for the 2015-2017 seasons. This theater is the city of Quimper’s national stage.