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André, Mark

Mark André was born in 1964. He studied at the Paris Conservatory where he was awarded first prizes in composition, counterpoint, harmony, analysis and musical research. In 1994 he sustained his doctorate in musicology at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure (Ulm) at Paris as well as at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance at Tours . Mark André obtained the “Lavoisier” scholarship (in composition) from the French Foreign Ministry, plus a diploma of perfectionment in composition with Helmut Lachenmann at the Hochschule für Musik at Stuttgart. He then had a grant at the Akademie Schloss Solitude until 1996. In 1996 he received the first prize “Blaue Brücke Preis Berlin-Dresden” for Fatal and was subsequently resident at the Deutsche Akademische Austauch Dienst (DAAD) before receiving the first prize in the Winterthur competition for Un-Fini II as well as the “Kranichsteiner Musikpreis” for Un-Fini I and for Le Loin et le Profond at the Darmstadt Festival where he studied with PaulHeinz Dittrich and Wolfgang Rihm. He was then resident at the German branch of the Villa Medicis. Mark André also studied electronic music with André Richard at the experimental studio of the Strobel Foundation at the Sud West Rundfunk (SWR). He obtained the first prize in the Stuttgart Composition Competition in 1997 for Le Trou noir univers (1992-1993), a work consisting of soloists, orchestra and electronics. He then received the “Meister Schufler” of the Akademie der Kunste Berlin for Le Loin et le Profond. In 1997-1998 he was resident at the Sud West Rundfunk and Baden-Baden. Mark André’s works have been commissioned by such festivals as Donaueschingen, Darmstadt, Présences (Radio France), SWR, and for groups such as the Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble Recherche, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Arditti quartet, Ensemble Surplus and Ensemble Champ d’Action. Since October 1997 Mark André has been professor of counterpoint and orchestration at the National Regional Conservatory at Strasbourg. He has also been a resident at the Villa Medicis (Rome) for 2 years beginning in September 1998. For the 1999-2000 season he was named composer in residence for the Ensemble Champ d’Action d’Anvers (Belgium). Mark André will have a grant from the Frankfort Opera for 2001.