The soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Pierre Strauch

Born in 1958, Pierre Strauch studied cello with Jean Deplace. He won first prize at the La Rochelle Rostropovitch competition in 1977 and joined the Ensemble intercontemporain the following year. He has performed, premiered and recorded many 20th century works by composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Olivier Messiaen. He gave the Parisian premiere of Time and Motion Study II by Brian Ferneyhough and Ritorno degli Snovidenia by Luciano Berio. Presenting, analyzing and transmitting are the pillars of his work as teacher and conductor. His intensive compositional activity has spawned works for soloists, chamber ensembles (la Folie de Jocelin, Preludio imaginario, Faute d’un royaume for solo violin and seven instruments, Deux Portraits for five violas, Trois Odes Funèbres for five instruments, Quatre miniatures for cello and piano 2003), as well as for voice (Impromptu acrostiche for mezzo and three instruments, la Beauté (Excès) for three female voices and eight instruments). The Ensemble intercontemporain commissioned him to write a work for fifteen instruments, La Escalera del dragón (In memoriam Julio Cortázar), which was premiered in 2004 par Jonathan Nott. He is the co-founder, together with composers Diogène Rivas and Antonio Pileggi, of the Festival A Tempo de Caracas.