Benoit Granier


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    Born in 1974 in Nantes (France), Benoit Granier is a Professor, Composer, (ethno) Musicologist, Visual and sonic artist, Philosopher, and life long believer in collaborative works within the arts. After completing a Ph.D. in computer music and composition at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Beijing, China, to teach at central conservatory of Music, and developped strong relationships between China and other countries, mainly in Europe and the USA. He moved back from China in 2016, and took  the position of Course Director imMusci technology at theSchool of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University.

    In 2008, he founded in Beijing the Timi Modern Music Ensemble, a cultural encounter between western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments. Among the pieces premiered by the Timi were works by emerging composers such as Tony Deritis, John Mallia and his personal pieces.

    One of Dr. Granier's particularity as a composer is to use traditional instruments in modern electro-acoustic music (Asian, Irish, Celtic instruments...). He is also renowned for composing for "controlled improvisation", offering wide possibilities to the performing musicians.

    As a composer he was commissioned for large orchestras (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra) and for solo instruments (Patrick de Ritis, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Korean artist Gamin, flutist Orlando Cela, Les Temps Modernes in Lyon, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, American jazz musician Demetrius Spaneas...).

    His pieces have been performed in prestigious places such as the China National Center for Performing arts, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Washington Smithsonian museum, Harvard University, New York's Carnegie Hall, the Performing Arts Center (Tokyo), Seoul National University, Espacio Cultural el tanque (Spain), Bourges International Electronic Music and Arts Festival, Strasbourg International Saxophone Festival Congress.

    He taught in many recognized institutions such as The National University of Singapore, Peking University, and Beijing Film Academy, where he delivered courses in electronic music, orchestration, sound design, film music, acoustics and recording.

    He is currently working on a new piece based on Dante's Divine Comedy, with with visual 3D creation and surround sound. He recently got commissioned byt the Guangxi University, Nanning for a set of compostion for chinese orchestra.

    Research Interests

    Electroacoustic Music composition
    Music Composition
    Intercultural dialogue
    Musitculturalism in the arts
    Music, culture and tradition
    Sonic Art
    Sound Spatialisation
    Aesthetics and analysis of contemporary music
    Music business, enterpreneurship in the arts

    Education/Academic qualification

    Music composition, Doctorate, indefinite combination versus indefinite diversity, a study of graohical notation and controled improvisation, Trinity College Dublin

    Award Date: 14 Feb 2007

    music analysis , spectral Music and post spectral music , Trinity College Dublin

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2003


    • M Music
    • ML Literature of music


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