2022: an exceptional year for Philippe Manoury

2022: an exceptional year for Philippe Manoury

2022 is a celebratory year for Philippe Manoury, and in honour of the composer's seventieth birthday, the year started brilliantly at the Phiharmonie de Paris and its String Quartet Biennale, and continues this spring, as shown in our attached calendar. The flurry of premieres (like those, to come, of two new Etudes for piano, Silex, Anticipations and Grammaires du Sonore) the prformance of the "Thinkspiel" Kein Licht in Amsterdam and projects (a new "Thinkspiel" is currently in preparation) forms an ellipse that can only be deciphered in its entirety with the help of the composer: no sooner said than done in an exclusive interview which we are pleased to share with you. Dive deep into a “Manouryan” year of celebrations like no other!


Several world and national premieres:

In 2017, Danielle Hennicot, viola soloist of the Luxembourg ensemble United Ensemble of Lucilin, premiered Philippe Manoury's Quasi una ciacona, a suite of variations for solo viola on a motive "in the memory of some Bach Partita" (the composer). Five years later, on September 17 and 18, 2022 at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, the composer will present the world premiere of his work Sul Ciacona under the same expert fingers, this time accompanied by soloists from the Ensemble - an event that intersects with the festivities of the composer's 70th birthday in 2022 and of Esch as European Capital of Culture.

Philippe Manoury - Silex
for ensemble and 15 percussions
World premiere: May 7, 2022 - Auditorium de Radio-France (Paris)
Performance: December 7, 2022 - Auditorium du Musée du Louvre (Paris)

Paris Percussion Group
Julien Leroy, conductor
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Philippe Manoury - Partita II
for violin &electronic
japanese premiere: July 2, 2022
Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall (Yokohama - Japan)
Kawamura, violin
Ko Sahara, RIM

Philippe Manoury - Sul Ciacona
for viola and chamber music ensemble
World premiere: September 17 - 18, 2022 - Luxembourg
Danielle Hénnicot,viola
members of United Instruments of Lucilin ensemble

Philippe Manoury - Anticipations
for big spacialized orchestra
World premiere: November 19, 2022 - Casa da Musica (Porto) 
Orquestra Sinfònica do Porta Casa da Mùsica
Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
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Philippe Manoury - Nouvelles bagatelles (working title)
for piano
World premiere: October 31, 2022 - Essen (Germany)
Martin von der Heydt, piano

Philippe Manoury - Grammaires du sonore et Vier Lieder (aus Kein Licht)
World premieres: December 8, 2022 - Philharmonie de Paris
Ensemble intercontemporain
Christina Daletska, mezzo-sopano
François-Xavier Roth, conductor


A complete performance of his string quartets at the famous Biennale du Quatuor at the Philharmonie de Paris: 

Philippe Manoury - Quatuor à cordes n° 1 « Stringendo » and Quatuor à cordes n° 3 « Melencolia »
January 15, 2022
Amphithéâtre - Cité de la musique
Quatuor Arditti
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Philippe Manoury - Quatuor à cordes n° 2 « Tensio »
January 17, 2022
Amphithéâtre - Cité de la musique
Quatuor Diotima
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Philippe Manoury - Quatuor à cordes n° 4 « Fragmenti »
January 18, 2022
Salle de concert - Cité de la musique
Quatuor Arditti
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Philippe Manoury also gave a conference at the Philharmonie on January 18, 2022: What art music can say about the world?
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A conference-concert:
Conference by Philippe Manoury Tensio and electronic composition in real time, followed by a performance of Tensio

Philippe Manoury - Tensio
second string quartet with electronics
June 2, 1022 : Conservatoire Mozart du Centre de Paris
Ayane Kawamura et Hélia Fassi, violins
Violaine Wilem, viola
Charon Tsai, cello

The Dutch premiere of his opera Kein Licht:

Philippe Manoury - Kein Licht
Thinkspiel on texts by Elfriede Jelinek
Dutch premiere: June 24, 25 & 26, 2022 (Holland Festival - Amsterdam)
Ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin
Nicolas Stemann, stagging
Katharina Schubert, Niels Bormann, actors
Mélanie Boisvert, soprano
Christina Daletska, mezzo-soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano
Lionel Peintre, baritone
Julien Leroy, conductor
Augustin Muller, RIM
Philippe Manoury, sound mix
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Performances of Métal:

Philippe Manoury - Métal 

for sixxens sextet
February 3, 2022 - Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon
Lyon CNSM students

March 31, 2022 - Théâtre de Hautpierre (Strasbourg) 
Percussions de Strasbourg

The Concours international de Piano d'Orléans, universally recognized for its ability to detect the best young talents, welcomes this year Philippe Manoury as President of the Jury. On this occasion, the most brilliant candidates of the Competition (semi-finalists) will perform a world premiere of Réseaux et Dérèglements, excerpts from the Second Book of Etudes for piano, while the three finalists will present on stage their version of the now canonical Passacaille for Tokyo with the Ensemble intercontemporain directed by Julien Leroy:

Philippe Manoury - Réseaux and Dérèglements (Extracts from the Second Book of Piano Studies)
April 4 - 10, 2022 - Salle de l'Institut (Orléans)
contest participants
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The performance of Ring, the first part of his Köln trilogy:

Philippe Manoury - Ring (Trilogie Köln I)
for large spatialized orchestra
June 8 - 9, 2022 - Philharmonie de Paris
Orchestre de Paris
Lin Liao, conductor
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Other major symphonic performances: 

Philippe Manoury - États d'alerte
for percussion duo & orchestra
May 19, 2022 - Auditorium de Radio-France (Paris)
Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Curt, percussion
Florent Jodelet, percussion
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
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Philippe Manoury - In situ (Trilogie Köln II)
for group of soloists, string orchestra & 8 spatialized orchestral groups
October 20, 2022 - Philharmonie de Paris
Ensemble intercontemporain
CNSMDP Orchestra
Peter Rundel, conductor

Performances of the famous Passacaille pour Tokyo: 

Philippe Manoury - Passacaille pour Tokyo
for piano & ensemble
April 10, 2022 - Théâtre d'Orléans
contest finalists, piano
Ensemble intercontemporain
Julien Leroy, conductor
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Philippe Manoury - Passacaille pour Tokyo
for piano & ensemble
June 17, 2022 - Philharmonie de Paris
Hidéki Nagano, piano
Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
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The covers of major pieces from the 1980s - 1990s:

Philippe Manoury - Jupiter
for flute and electronics in real time
February 15, 2022 - Casa da Musica
Stephanie Wagner, flute
Oscar Rodrigues, RIM
Philippe Manoury, mixage
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Philippe Manoury - Neptune
for 3 percussions and electronics in real time
June 19, 2022 - Auditorium de Radio-France (Paris)
Emmanuel Curt / Florent Jodelet / Gilles Rancitelli, percussions
Philippe Dao, RIM
Philippe Manoury, mixage
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Philippe Manoury - Sonus ex machina
for flute and electronics in real time
for piano and electroacoustic device in real time
for three percussions and electronic device in real time
June 23, 2022 - Philharmonie de Paris (Studio)
Sophie Cherrier, flute
Dimitri Vassiliakis, piano
Gilles Durot / Samuel Favre /Aurélien Gignoux, percussions
Serge Lemouton, RIM
Philippe Manoury, mixage
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Continuation of companionship with Emmanuel Pahud:

Philippe Manoury - Trois miniatures
for flute, celesta and string quartet
March 16, 2022 - Boulez saal (Berlin)
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Membres of Berliner Philharmoniker

October 9, 2022 - Cité de la musique et de la danse (Strasbourg)
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Membres of Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

Philippe Manoury - Saccades
for flute and orchestra
October 6 - 7, 2022 - Palais des congrès (Strasbourg)
Orchestre Philharmonie de Strasbourg
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Pierre Bleuse, conductor


See more information on Philippe Manoury's projects on his website