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French composer born in Monaco in 1966, Yan Maresz began his musical studies with piano and percussion at the Monte Carlo Academy of Music. Very early, he discovers jazz and then devotes himself to the guitar in self-taught. In 1983, he became a student of the guitarist John Mc Laughlin of which he was the only student, and since 1989, the principal orchestrator and arranger. He studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1984 to 1986, and is gradually moving towards writing. In 1986, he obtained a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation of Monaco and entered the composition class at the Juilliard School in New York where he completed his degree with David Diamond in 1992. Alongside the composition, he continued for a time his activities in the world of jazz; he has worked as an arranger and guitarist with John Mc Laughlin on his albums "The Promise", "Time Remembered" and "Thieves & Poets". In 1993, he moved to Paris and followed the curriculum of composition and computer music Ircam where he studied with Tristan Murail.

He has received various prizes and awards, such as the 2nd prize in the composition competition of the city of Trieste in 1991 and the Rossini Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. That same year, he is finalist of the Prince composition prize Pierre de Monaco and the Gaudeamus Amsterdam Prize. In 1995, Sacem awarded him the Hervé Dugardin Prize and his work "Metallics" is recommended by the International Rostrum of Composers of Unesco.


In 2006, he received the Sacem Prize for Young Composers. He is a boarder at the Academy of France in Rome, Villa Medicis from 1995 to 1997, at the Europaisches Kolleg der Kunste in Berlin in 2004, and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in 2012.


Yan Maresz has received commissions from the Orchester de Paris, the French State for the Orchester de Cannes and the Auvergne Orchestra, from Société Générale Musical Society for the Philharmonic Chamber of Radio France for the Philharmonic Orchestra France and for the London Sinfonietta, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the IRCAM, the Louvre Auditorium, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins, the Musica Festival, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Accentus Chamber Choir and Strasbourg Percussion. His works are also performed in France and abroad by many bands and they are also regularly performed at major international festivals.


He regularly gives master classes in Europe as well as at IRCAM where he is currently pursuing a research work on orchestration and where he is often called upon as a speaker. In 2003 and 2004, he was composer-in-residence at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, and in 2004/2005 he is visiting professor at McGill University in Montreal. From 2006 to 2011, he was professor of composition at the IRCAM composition and computer music curriculum and from 2007 to 2012, he taught orchestration at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris.


He currently teaches new technologies and electroacoustic composition at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris, as well as at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt.


Metallics (1995)

[Clément Saunier]

for trumpet and electronics


Circumambulation (1993)

[Manuel Zurria]

for flute solo


Recto (2003)

for orchestra


Yan Maresz | Interview

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