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We are pleased to announce the 2018-19 ilSUONO's collaboration with the French composer Raphaël Cendo. In Spring 2018, resident ensemble Suono Giallo commissioned Raphaël the composition of a brand new work to be premiered in the context of the festival's 4th edition. The score is published by the Maison ONA publishing house.

Raphaël's new work for flute, saxophone, percussion, piano will receive its world premiere by ensemble Suono Giallo at the edition's opening concert, which will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 6pm at Teatro Comunale in Città di Castello, Italy.

Räphael will be traveling to Italy to attend the rehearsals and the premiere of the work.


Born in Nice, after studying piano and composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, Cendo followed the composition curriculum of the Conservatoire de Paris (2000-2003), from which he graduated in composition, analysis and orchestration. He then entered the composition and computer music cursus of IRCAM (2003-2006). During his training, he will have received the lessons of Allain Gaussin, Marco Stroppa, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Manoury. He has taught at the Conservatoire de Nanterre, the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya of Barcelona (Catalonia College of Music), at the Darmstadt Summer School (2012-2014), at the "New Voices" composition sessions in Royaumont Abbey (2012-2016) and is regularly invited to give master classes and conferences in the United States, Russia and Europe. He is the director of the University of Altitude, a summer academy of composition that takes place every year in Saint-Martin-Vésubie.

From 2009 to 2011, he was a resident at the Villa Médicis of the French Academy in Rome. In 2007, Cendo received the Prix Espoir, awarded by the Francis and Mica Salabert Foundation, from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal's International Composition Competition. In 2009, he received the Pierre Cardin Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts and in 2011 and 2015 the Hervé Dugardin and Georges Enesco Prize from SACEM. Cendo currently lives and works in Berlin.

Influenced by spectral music, current and popular music, composers such as Brian Ferneyhough and Fausto Romitelli, Cendo (like Franck Bedrossian [fr]) promotes the concept of saturation or saturated music. Concept of excess, the important thing is to go beyond pure sound, absolute control of the note, interpretation by new complex sounds: His music thus pushes to the limits the notions of timbre, frequency space, intensity and instrumental gestures.

His works are performed by internationally renowned musicians and ensembles such as the Klangforum Wien, the Tana Quartet, Linea, Dal Niente, Alternance, Cairn, Ictus, Intercontemporain, Itinéraire, musikFabrik, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Either/Or, Yarn/Wire, the Diotima Quartet, the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, etc.

He has participated in many events including Ars Musica in Brussels, Biennale de Venise, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, "Mito" in Milan, Musica, Festival Présences [fr] of Radio France, the Tremplin Concerts of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, "Why Note" in Dijon, Archipel, Musica strasbourg, Miller Theater, NYC composer portrait.



piano concerto

[Ensemble Linea]



for 10 instrumentalists

[Ensemble Either/OR]


for cello and piano

[Séverine Ballon, Wei-Chieh Lin]



for flute, bass clarinet, tubax, piano, harp, violin, viola, cello

[Ensemble Cairn]



for contrabass clarinet and electronics

[Alain Billard]

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