Composer and organist Grégoire Rolland holds a Master’s degree in composition, a prize for analysis, a Master’s degree in organ and a prize for orchestration from the CNSM in Paris. He also holds a Master’s degree in composition from the HEM in Geneva.
Composing for solo instruments as well as for orchestra, he draws his inspiration essentially from three elements: Gregorian chant, Nature, and the Asian culture that fascinates him. His works have been heard in Europe, the United States and Japan, and are performed by many renowned artists.
Laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire in 2016, he was appointed titular organist of Aix-en-Provence Cathedral in 2018, and is also professor of composition at the CRR d’Avignon. In 2021, the Académie des Beaux-Arts awarded him the Prix d’encouragement en composition musicale.
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Composer and organist Grégoire Rolland holds a Master’s degree in composition (harmony, counterpoint, fugue), a prize for analysis, a Master’s degree in organ and a prize for orchestration from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He also holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Haute
École de Musique de Genève and a Licence de Musique et Musicologie from the Sorbonne. During his post-graduate studies, he had the opportunity to work with Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard (organ), Fabien Waksman (harmony), Pierre Pincemaille (counterpoint), Thierry Escaich (fugue and forms, improvisation), Philippe Lefebvre (improvisation), Michael Lévinas (analysis), Marc-André Dalbavie,
Denis Cohen (orchestration), and Pascal Dusapin and Michaël Jarrell (composition).
Composing for solo instruments as well as for orchestra, he draws his inspiration essentially from three elements: Gregorian chant, Nature, and the contribution of Asian culture, which fascinates him. He also works on the relationship between music and the other arts, combining expressiveness and elaboration techniques (in relation to rhetoric, writing, painting or photography). For several years now, he has been developing a compositional technique that combines the temporality of Asian
and the deployment of inherent musical forms. He has won several composition prizes at the Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, Evreux, De Lacour Foundation and Caen orchestra composition competitions. Numerous institutions commission him, including Musique Sacrée à Notre-Dame de Paris, the Fondation de Lacour, the Choir and Orchestra
de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, the festival Les Très riches heures de l’orgue en Berry, Toulouse les Orgues, Radio France, the Abbaye de Sylvanès, the festival La Bâtie de Genève, the festival de Chaillol, the festival Nouveaux Horizons, Musique Sacrée en Avignon, the vocal ensemble Sequenza 9.3, the chamber choir Dulci Jubilo…
His works have been heard in Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Spain, Germany, Austria…), the United States and Japan. They have been performed by such renowned artists as Pierre Bleuse, Philippe Brocard, Alphonse Cemin, Jean Deroyer, the Quatuor Girard, Wolgang Kogert, Olivier Latry, David Molard, Raphaëlle Moreau, Thierry Maeder, Marie- Ange Nguci, Thomas Ospital, Maxime Pascal, Tobias Willi…
Applauded in recital on numerous stages both abroad and in France, he is a 2016 laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire. Appointed titular organist of Aix Cathedral in March 2018, he is also professor of composition, orchestration and writing at the CRR d’Avignon.
In 2020, he won 1st prize in the composition competition at Vienna Cathedral (Austria), and made his first recording as composer and organist. In 2021, the Académie des Beaux-Arts awarded him the Prix d’encouragement en composition musicale. In 2022, the Dulci Jubilo chamber choir conducted by Christopher Gibert and Thomas Ospital record his pieces for choir and organ in a new album produced by Anima Nostra: Shēng.
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