Born in 1968, Jean-Louis Agobet studied music, composition and electroacoustics at the Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence (with Michel Pascal) and the Nice Conservatory (under Jacques Charpentier), then in 1988 entered the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon (with Philippe Manoury) and took classes in composition, music and information technology, writing and analysis. He finished his training under Luigi Nono at the Acanthes Centre, and took part in the Ircam and Ina-GRM courses on composition and music and information technology.
His career really took off in the early nineties, as he collaborated with prestigious soloists (Paul Meyer, Michel Portal, Steven Isserlis, Alexander Paley, and Xavier Philips); renowned ensembles, including Intercontemporain, Itinéraire, Rashèr Saxophone Quartet, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Alternance, Accroche-note, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Musicatreize; eminent conductors such as Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, Kristjan Järvi, Enrique Mazzola, Jan-Latham Koenig, Friedmann Layer and Graziella Contratto; and symphony orchestras such as the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation, the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the Poitou-Charentes Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Academy for Performing Arts of Hong Kong and the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra of Manchester.

He has been the winner of numerous prizes and awards including the 1991 Eurocreation award from the town of Bologna, an award from the Henry Clews Foundation in 1992, the special prize at the Prix Italia in 1995 for the radio mono-drama Rinvenuto, the Pierre Cardin prize of 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France and the Academy Charles Cros in 2005. In June 2006 he received the Claude Arrieu prize from SACEM.

He was named resident of the Villa Medicis by the Academy of France in Rome for two years, from 1996-1998. He was the composer in residence of the National Orchestra of Montpellier for two seasons, from 1998, a position he then held with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra - National Orchestra, from 2001 to 2004. He was an associated composer of the Orchestra of the Pays de Savoie in 2007, then composer in residence at the Conservatory of Torcy from 2008 to 2009.

He is also carrying out lecture and pedagogic activities, not only in France and in Europe, but also in Japan and China (he was visiting professor at the Academy for Performing Arts of Hong Kong in 2004 and was regularly invited to several Tokyo universities). Since November 2008 he has been teaching composition at the Conservatory of Caen.

Jean-Louis Agobet dedicates a great part of his time to education and introducing children to music; he offers concerts and workshops and composes music especially for them. He is also the author of an essay about sound creativity: Ecouter, jouer, créer (Listen, Play, Create). In addition, he was the artistic director of the educational department of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra from September 2004 to December 2005.

His exceptionally extensive discography has been widely acclaimed by the French and foreign press (Europe, USA, Japan). In 1999 a first monograph of chamber music and ensemble pieces was released with the group Itinéraire under the direction of Mark Foster for the Label MFA-Radio France/Harmonia Mundi (awarded the Choc prize from Le Monde de la Musique). In 2005, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra directed by François-Xavier Roth dedicated a CD of orchestral works to him, published by Timpani, which won him a prize from the Charles Cros Academy. The following year this CD was voted Classical Recording of the Year in the 2006 Victoires de la Musique Classique.

The 28th Festival «Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui» in Caen, France, was dedicated to Jean-Louis Agobet in 2010, ranking his work in the direct line of famous composers such as Berio, Ligeti or Eötvös, who the Festival honoured in earlier years. 16 of Agobets works were performed including his latest, which was commissioned by the Festival: the Cello Concert, premiered by Xavier Phillips, Solo Cello, and the Orchestre de Caen directed by Hans Leenders on March 19, 2010.

Further first performances at the Festival «Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui» of Jean Louis Agobet: Eclisses – commissioned by SACEM; Spectre (first performance in France); Signature.

In 2011 Jean-Louis Agobet was appointed to a professorship for composition at the Conservatory of Bordeaux. Four of his works have been programed again at the festival Aspects des Musiques d'Ajourd'hui 2012 in Caen.


Jean-Louis Agobet


for Violoncello and piano

Item Number: 3786

Price: 22,00 €