updated 27 September 2010
© Pascale de Srebnicki

Christophe Bertrand

French composer born in 1981; died 17 September 2010.

Christophe Bertrand was born in France in 1981. He began studying piano and chamber music in 1996 at the Conservatoire national de région in Strasbourg, with Laurent Cabasso, Michèle Renoul, and Armand Angster, as well as composition with Ivan Fedele. After graduating with honors in 2000, he performed with Ensemble Accroche Note and Ensemble In Extremis, which he helped found. There he collaborated with composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell, Mark Andre, and Wolfgang Rihm.

In 2000, the Festival Musica featured a concert of his work and he participated in Cursus (the IRCAM’s composition and computer music course), where he worked with Philippe Hurel, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough, and Jonathan Harvey, among others.

Christophe Bertrand’s works have been conducted by Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott, Hannu Lintu, Marc Albrecht, Pascal Rophé, and Guillaume Bourgogne, and performed by prestigious ensembles and soloists such as Ensemble intercontemporain, the Accroche Note, Aleph, Court-Circuit, and Intégrales ensembles, the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, the Quatuor Arditti, the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Garth Knox, Irvine Arditti, Hidéki Nagano, Juliette Hurel, Jean-Marie Cottet, and Jérôme Comte. They have been heard in France (Festival Musica, Festival Agora, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), in Germany (Darmstadt Summer Courses, Hamburg Opera), in Switzerland (the Lucerne Festival), in Belgium (Ars Musica), in Italy (Villa Médicis, La Fenice), in the Netherlands (Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Gaudeamus), in the United States, and in England, and featured in radio broadcasts in France and abroad.

Christophe Bertrand’s commissions included works for the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Lucerne Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Bonn Beethovenfest, Percussions de Strasbourg, the Auditorium du Louvre, the André Boucourechliev Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, the Ensemble Musicatreize, and several private patrons. In 2008-2009, he completed a residency at the Villa Médicis in Rome.

He received the music prize of the Académie des Marches de l’Est in 2001, an honorable mention from the Gaudeamus festival in 2001, and the Earplay Donald Aird Memorial International Composition Prize in 2002 for Treis. In 2007, he won the SACEM’s Prix Hervé Dugardin and the Prix André Caplet of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts (Institut de France).

Christophe Bertrand died on 17 September 2010. Several of his works were premiered posthumously in the ensuing months: Ensemble Accroche-Note premiered Diadème at the Festival Musica in Octobre 2010, the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg premiered Ayas at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg in November 2010; a year after his death, in 2011, his Quatuor II was premiered at the Festival Musica by the Quatuor Arditti.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2010


Christophe Bertrand.


  • « Christophe Bertrand, La fulgurance du geste », propos recueillis par Cécile Gilly, Accents, la revue de l’Ensemble intercontemporain, n° 41, 2010, à télécharger sur le site de l’Ensemble intercontemporain (lien vérifié en mars 2011).


  • Christophe BERTRAND, Aus, dans « European Young generation », (avec également des œuvres de Michael Jarrell, Tiziano Manca, Yannis Kyriakides…), Ensemble Intégrales, CD zeitklang Musikproduction, Berlin, 2004, n°ez-21019 [enregistré à la Radio Sarroise]

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en mars 2011).