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Franck Bedrossian

Associate Professor

After initial studies in orchestration, and analysis at the Regional Conservatory of Paris, Franck Bedrossian studied composition closely with Allain Gaussin. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory (seminars with Gerard Grisey and later Marco Stroppa), where upon graduation he received unanimously the first prize for Analysis, and the first prize in Composition.In 2002–2003 he was in the IRCAM ‘cursus’ for computer music and composition, taught by Philippe Leroux, Brian Ferneyhough, Tristan Murail, and Philippe Manoury. He also studied with Helmut Lachenmann at Centre Acanthes in 1999 and at the Ensemble Modern Academy in 2004.

His works have been played in Europe and recently in the USA by ensembles such as l’ Itineraire, 2e2m, Ictus, Court-Circuit, Cairn, Ensemble Modern, Alternance, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Danel string quartet, the Diotima string quartet. His works have been performed at festivals such as Agora, Resonances, Manca, the RTE Living Music Festival, l’Itinéraire de nuit, Ars Musica, Nuova Consonanza, Le Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo,le Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Fabbrica Europa, and Wien Modern. In 2001, he received a grant from the Meyer Foundation, and in 2004 won the Hervé-Dugardin prize of Sacem. In 2005 the Institut de France (Académie des Beaux-Arts) awarded him the “Prix Pierre Cardin” for music composition.

Franck Bedrossian has also received the young composer prize from Sacem in 2007. He was a Rome Prize Fellow at the Villa Medicis from April 2006 to April 2008. Since September 2008 he has been Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of California-Berkeley. His works are published by Editions Bilaudot.



  • L’usage de la parole for clarinet, cello and piano (1999)
  • La solitude du coureur de fond for alto saxophone (2000)
  • Pleine lune for a children’s choir, violin, bassoon and double-bass (2001)
  • La conspiration du silence for thirty-five musicians (2001)
  • Transmission for bassoon and electronics (2002)
  • Digital for double-bass, percussion and electronics (2003)
  • It for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, double-bass and piano (2004-rév.2007)
  • Tracés d’ombres for string quartet (2005 – 2007)
  • Charleston pour fifteen musicians (2005 – rev. 2007)
  • Procession for viola and electronics (2006)
  • Division pour bass clarinet, trombone, double-bass, ensemble and electronics (2006)
  • Cérémonie pour six mains enchantées for piano six hands (2006)
  • Lamento for voice and electronics (2007)
  • Manifesto for eight wind instruments (2008)
  • Propaganda for saxophone quartet and electronics (2008)<
  • Bossa Nova for accordion (2008)


COLLECTIF, Franck Bedrossian : De l’excès du son. « À la ligne », Ensemble 2e2m, Champigny 2008 [bilingual edition french / english ; 121 p. ; ISBN 978-2-913734-03-6]

Monographic CD; Charleston – avril 2008 – Coproduction L’itinéraire – Radio France – Académie de France à Rome (Sismal records)