Photo © 2011 - Philippe Frémont

Photo © 2011 – Philippe Frémont

Alexandre Benéteau

French composer and pianist, born in 1973.

After studying at different French conservatories and Paris Sorbonne University, Alexandre Benéteau graduated from the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris — CNSMDP) with prizes in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fuga and Orchestration.

Aiming at becoming a professional composer since his early years (his first pieces were performed in public concerts in 1988), but allergic to the avant-garde diktats, he searched a while for his own voice. Neither experimental, nor neo-tonal, his style is caracterized by a great amount of rythmic energy, a certain lyricism along with a constant care for clarity (either in the articulation of the musical phrase and the form or in the orchestration).

The work he authorizes himself to consider as his opus 1 — a fuga for string quartet — was premiered in 2001.

The year 2009 marks an important milestone in his musical career:
Hervé Corre de Valmalète, for the Flâneries de Reims festival, commisionned him to compose works for the duo Romain Leleu / Matthias Lecomte and for the world reknowned harpist, Marielle Nordmann. The latter has kept up performing his piece in many occasions during the following years, and still does.

Again in 2009, Alexandre Benéteau won the International Composition Competition for Choir Music Seghizzi (Italy) with an a capella choir piece, titled Succurre Miseris.

In 2010, he was nominated laureate composer by the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire. This award gave him credit and public acknowledgment which was decisive for future developments of his career.

After that, there followed numerous commissions and residencies with festivals, music ensembles, conservatories and performers.

Alexandre Benéteau’s compositions have been performed in many countries (France, Italy, Germany, UK, Luxembourg, Netherlands, USA, Greece, South Korea, China and South Africa) by many artists and musical ensembles. Among them, Marielle Nordmann, the Hermès string quartet, Romain Leleu, Jacob Shaw, Beatrice Berrut, Natacha Kudritskaya, the National Lyon Orchestra (ONL), Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (OSB), the French Army Choir, Vocal Ensemble Cantatrix, Quentin Hindley, Nicolas Krauze, Géraldine Casey, Sylvain Gasançon, etc.

In september 2015, his original score for Finding Gondal: the story of the Brontë family, by director Morgan Rauscent, won a Gold Award at the International Independent Film Awards in Los Angeles.