French composer born 2 March 1979 in Moulins, France.
Mathieu Bonilla studied at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rennes and at Rennes 2 University, where he obtained a master’s degree in musicology and a state diploma in classical guitar. He studied with Alain Bioteau and Yves Krier while collaborating as a composer and performer with the ensembles Chrysalide, Rhizome, and Choréa. He continued his training in the Cursus program for composition and computer music at IRCAM and at the Paris Conservatory in Gérard Pesson’s composition studio.
Bonilla won the Pierre Cardin Prize of the Académie des beaux-arts and a prize from the Fondation Salabert. He was artist-in-residence at the Casa de Velázquez for the Académie de France in Madrid in 2013-2014.
He has been programmed by the Fondation Cartier and collaborated with Jean-Yves Jouannais, the composer Sébastien Roux, the visual artist Edouard Decam, the Atelier Permanent de Recherche Théâtrale, the Petit Festival, and Ode & Lyre. His pieces have been performed by ensembles including Garage, Maja, Ex Novo, L’Instant Donné, Cairn, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Spat’Sonore, the Quatuor Diotima, the Orchestre de Massy, and the Orchestre National de France.
Bonilla is both a creator and a pedagogue. He writes for a broad array of instruments, and guitar especially. He has been teaching guitar since 2012 at the Conservatoire de Musique André Navarra in Charenton-le-Pont. He has a broad interest in transmission, from non-readers and young ages to experienced musicians. With the Guitare Fusion ensemble at the Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs, he developed an artistic project, Nylon curvado (2014), for 34 guitars.
In his compositions, Bonilla is on the lookout for moments of “resonance,” as the philosopher Hartmut Rosa might define them, meaning moments that arise from a fertile relationship to the world, which allow each person to be touched and transformed, and which galvanize their will to act.1 These resonances link expanded modes of play, microtonality, and musical expression. Bonilla’s musical syncretism reaches back through a long European lineage: from Jean-Philippe Rameau, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, and Claudio Monteverdi to Benjamin Britten, Thomas Adès, Luigi Nono, Pesson, Michaël Levinas, Hugues Dufourt, and Helmut Lachenmann. His music is in “resonance” with Western composition as seen as an adventure in opening up sound.
1. Hartmut Rosa, Résonance. Une sociologie de la relation au monde, Paris, La Découverte, 2021.↩
2. For example, Bonilla worked on a transcription for string quartet of Lachenmann’s piano piece Fünf Variationen über ein Thema von Franz Schubert. ↩
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Site du compositeur
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Danke for piano solo (2006), 2 mn 30 s
- Ronde for cello (2008), 4 mn 30 s
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Orpaillage for percussion and electronics (2010), 9 mn 30 s [program note]
- Soubresauts for bass trombone (2010), 6 mn
- Ronde carrée for cello (2011), 7 mn 30 s
- Grisaille for piano solo (2012), 2 mn 30 s
- Estudios curvados for guitar (2014), 6 mn
- Excroissances croissantes for marimba (2015), 3 mn
- Les acrimonieuses (13 inconveniences for baroque cello) (2016), 9 mn
- Chamber music
- Consciencia for flute and piano (2004), 8 mn
- Matines for guitar quartet (2008), 7 mn
- Chacha for Bb clarinet and cello (2009), 60 s
- Zinc sous pas glissés for tenor saxophone and cello (2010), 9 mn 30 s
- de Pas for flute, saxophone, guitar, percussion and piano (2012), 6 mn 30 s
- Doppelgänger (eigne gestalt d’après F.Schubert) for flute, clarinet, cello and piano (2013), 6 mn 30 s
- Etudes altérées (d’après les trois nouvelles études de F.Chopin) for flute, clarinet, cello and guitar (2013), 6 mn
- Serbend for alto saxophone and vibraphone (2014), 11 mn
- Un’echo di Maurizio (Omaggio a Luigi Nono) for bass flute, violin and cello (2014), 3 mn
- elec Ersatz for flute, guitar, viola, cello and 3 radio/CD players (2015), 15 mn
- Schwarmmel auf dem tanzboden for string quartet (2017), 15 mn
- Einfuhlung for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello (2021), 16 mn 30 s
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Noumène for double wind orchestra (2006), 6 mn
- Quiès for double wind orchestra (2008), 5 mn 30 s
- Sur le métier for flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola and cello (2009), 9 mn
- Vis-à-vis for triple wind orchestra (2012), 11 mn 30 s
- Nylon curvado for 4 classical and 4 electric guitar groups (2014), 6 mn 30 s
- Romeria for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, percussion, piano and string trio (2014), 9 mn 30 s
- Maillechort for flute ensemble and percussion (2018), 7 mn
- elec d'après fragments for orchestra and electronics (2019), 8 mn
- Concertant music
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Désert (d’après Le désert de F.David) for soprano, flute, cello, percussion and piano (2006), 8 mn
- Dans les Branchages for soprano voice and piccolo (2014), 6 mn 30 s
- Rodéo rex for voice and guitar (2016), 2 mn 30 s
- Dissections de l’italien Mondino for voice, accordion and cymbalom (2017), 12 mn
- Memento Mori (collage macabre d’après Puccini) for 11 singers and piano (2017), 9 mn 30 s
- Parquas for three voices and piano (2019), 7 mn
- A cappella vocal music
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- Unspecified instrumentation
- Rosse à soufflets for Spat’sonore (2012), 7 mn 30 s
- Einfuhlung for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello, 16 mn 30 s
- D.H Lawrence poem's for soprano, 6 mn
- Maillechort for flute ensemble and percussion, 7 mn
- Dans les Branchages for soprano voice and piccolo, 6 mn 30 s
- Estudios curvados for guitar, 6 mn
- Nylon curvado for 4 classical and 4 electric guitar groups, 6 mn 30 s
- Romeria for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, percussion, piano and string trio, 9 mn 30 s
- Serbend for alto saxophone and vibraphone, 11 mn
- Un’echo di Maurizio (Omaggio a Luigi Nono) for bass flute, violin and cello, 3 mn
- Doppelgänger (eigne gestalt d’après F.Schubert) for flute, clarinet, cello and piano, 6 mn 30 s
- Etudes altérées (d’après les trois nouvelles études de F.Chopin) for flute, clarinet, cello and guitar, 6 mn
- elec Es-tu-de ? electroacoustic music, 3 mn 30 s
- Consciencia for flute and piano, 8 mn
- Site du compositeur : www.mathieu-bonilla.com
- SoundCloud : www.soundcloud.com
- Vis-à-vis dans Alla Breve de Anne Montaron sur France Culture le 28 septembre 2014.
(liens vérifiés en juin 2022).
- Mathieu BONILLA, Serbend, Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach : saxophone , David Christopher Panzl : percussion, avec des œuvres de Astor Piazzolla et Luis Naón, dans « Fisbach / Panzl : Tango Continuo », 1 CD Paraty Label – Harmonia Mundi, 2016.