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Attahir, Benjamin

Born in Toulouse in 1989, Benjamin Attahir started off by learning the violin, and at an early became passionate about composing. Amongst his masters are Édith Canat de Chizy, Marc-André Dalbavie, Gérard Pesson, and Pierre Boulez. 
At the same time, he perfected his violin skills with Ami Flammer and performed in Ensembles such as the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain, LSO Soundhub ...

Benjamin Attahir has won numerous competitions and distinctions: le Concours Général, the USA Bloomington IHC, le Concours International de la ville de Boulogne, the UNESCO International Tribune of Composers, le prix Salabert de la SACEM and two Académie des Beaux-Arts prizes (including the Prix Pierre Cardin in 2015).

His works have been performed by various ensembles and orchestras (l'Orchestre National de France, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, l'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Helsinki , l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Éléments, the Trio Zadig, les Quatuors Arod et Van Kuijk, the Tokyo Sinfonietta..) and in venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, le Nouvel Auditorium de Radio France, le Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Zurich Tonhalle, le KKL de Lucerne, the Salzbourg Mozarteum, le Bozar de Bruxelles, the Berlin Boulez Saal, le Théâtre du Châtelet, les Bouffes du Nord, l'Arsenal de Metz, les Invalides, and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is frequently invited to various festivals (Gaudeamus Muziekweek of Utrecht, Lucerne Festival, Festival Messiaen, Festival Aix en Provence ...).

He is the author of two operas, the first of which he directed in 2012 and the in 2015. The scene staging is the backbone of his musical writing, which, like his origins, he draws his inspiration midway between East and West.

He regularly collaborates with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Renaud Capuçon, Hae-Sun Kang, Geneviève Laurenceau, Marianne Piketty, Raquel Camarinha, Claude Delangle, Tugan Sokhiev and Bruno Mantovani, but also with several other troops such as La Comédie Française, Quanzhou Liyuan Theater (China).

He is currently working on an order for the Philharmonie de Paris / Quanzhou Liyuan Theater (China), un concerto pour serpent / “serpent concerto” (ONLille), a violin concerto for Renaud Capuçon (18/19), and an opera from a Maeterlinck booklet, where he will direct the creation at La Monnaie de Bruxelles (September 2019).

Benjamin Attahir was a resident at La Villa Médicis (16/17) and will be a composer-in-residence at the Gstaad Festival in 2018 and at the Orchestre National de Lille for the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.

His work is published by Durand-Salabert (Universal Music Publishing).
 

Nach(t)spiel (2015)
final additionnel au Konzertstück op 84 de Max Bruch
for violin & orchestra
2.3.2.3  — 4.2.3.0  — timb  — 12.10.10.8.8
22 min - Editions Salabert - On hire


Sawti'l Zaman à la mémoire de Pierre Boulez (2015-2016)
for orchestra
3.2.2.2  — 4.2.2.2  — hp, pno  — strings
17'30" - Editions Salabert - On hire


Asfar 
(2016)
for violin, cello & piano
World premiere on 13 June 2016, at Aix-en-Provence


Zōkibayashi 
(2016)
for 13 mixed voices & viola da gamba
World premiere on 18 May 2017, at Blagnac
16'00" - Editions Salabert - On hire


De l’obscurité II  for Chloé Ducray (2016)
for harp
7'00" - Editions Salabert - For sale

Et nous tournions autour de ces fontaines hallucinées 
Ensemble Intercontemporain
World premiere on 10 January 2017, at the Köln Philharmonie 
French premiere on 24 February 2017, at the Paris Philharmonie 


Swimming is NOT saving 
(2017)
pour violon seul
15'00'' - Editions Salabert - For sale

Al Fajr 
for Daniel Baremboim and the Boulez-Ensemble 
(2017)
for piano & ensemble
1.0.2.2 — 2.2.0.0 — timb — hpe – pno — 3.0.2.2.1
World premiere on 13 September 2017, at Berlin
29'00" - Editions Salabert - On hire


Al Asr 
(2017)
for string quartet
World premiere on 2 October 2017, at Bouffes du Nord
21'00" - Editions Salabert - For sale

Adh dhohr for my dear friend Patrick Wibart (2017)
for serpent & orchestra
2.2.2.2 — 2.2.2.0 — timb — hpe — 16.14.12.10.8
World premiere on 25 January 2018, at Théâtre de Boulogne-sur-Mer
25'00" - Editions Salabert - On hire

Après l’ineffable for Raquel Camarinha and Renaud Capuçon (2017)
for cello & piano
World premiere on 27 January 2018
Editions Salabert - For sale


La Femme fendue 
(2018)
for voice & violin
World premiere on 7 September 2018, at Paris Philharmonie

 

In preparation:

Al Maghrib
for violin & orchestra

Al icha
for orchestra

Je/suis/Ju/dith
for soprano, violin & orchestra

Le silence des ombres
opéra

 


 

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