Born in 1954 in Orléans, France. Studies in mathematics, musicology and piano in Paris, in composition with Brian Ferneyhough at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He follows the composition and analysis classes of György Ligeti and Luciano Berio at the Centre Acanthes in 1979 and 1983. He obtains the Ph.D. in composition at the University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, in 1988.
International prizes and scholarships including: DAAD in 1981-82, Darmstadt “Internationale Ferienkursen für Neue Musik” in 1982, Fulbright Foundation (1984-85), French Ministry of Culture (1985-86), “Kranichsteiner Musikpreis” from the “Internationalen Ferienkurse in Darmstadt”, Germany in 1990. He has been teaching Composition and Theory at the University of Washington, Seattle, since 1991, where he is currently Associate Professor.
Since Fall 1991 he has been Assistant Professor in composition and theory at the University of Washington in Seattle. In AugustSeptember 1993 he was co-director of the Master Classes in Composition at the “Centre de la Voix” in Royaumont, France. In the Fall 1994, he was Visiting Assistant Professor in composition at UCSD (University of California - San Diego).