Composers Workshop: Pascal Gallois
March 09, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Brechemin Auditorium, The University of Washington
French bassoonist Pascal Gallois (member of the famed Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain) performs works by UW composition students – Anthony Vine, Marcin Pączkowski, Ania Stachurska, Jeff Bowen, Josh Archibald-Seiffer, and Yiğit Kolat.Pascal Galloisis a specialist in music after 1945 and one of the most renowned and active bassoonists of our time. He began his studies in 1978 with Maurice Allard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where he was himself an instructor from 1994 until 2000. He has been a member of Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain since 1981.Gallois gave world premieres or French first performances of numerous pivotal contemporary bassoon works, among them Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft (1984) or Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XII (1995), which was dedicated to Gallois. Composers such as György Kurtág, Olga Neuwirth, Philippe Fénelon, Brice Pauset, Toshio Hosokawa und Mark Andre wrote new pieces for him.
Beyond the development of the bassoon literature, pedagogy is a cornerstone of his professional life. He has been a professor at the Musikhochschule Zurich since 2002. He is also the author of an instructional book for composers: The Technique of Bassoon Playing (Bärenreiter).