SHORT BIOGRAPHY (for concert programmers)

Composer, director, pianist, orchestrator, producer, publisher, François Serveniere is from the regions of Pays De La Loire and Normandy, France. He has the legacy of being raised in a musical family, saturated in an artistic environment. François began piano studies at the age of five with respected piano teacher Lucienne Hubert. He finished his musical studies by composing his first album for piano, Exercice de Styles, then wrote disciplines at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. Also took private lessons under the guidance of noted Professor Michel Merlet. Mr. Serveniere has composed over a hundred songs, many for short / long films and for TV broadcast, of which 101 were published by Universal Music Publishing. Since the early 2000s, he has mainly devoted his time to the development of a concert repertoire, which includes a set of more than 30 opuses, containing over 260 pieces: Apologie des Fragrances, first symphony; the Rhythmics and Repetitives, 24 rhythmic studies for two pianos; Pavane Pour un Songe, for cello solo and symphonic orchestra; Seasons Vertigo, quadruple piano concerto for philharmonic orchestra; Inland Seas, violin concerto, orchestra and organ; Promenade sur la Voie Lactée, aria for flute, piano, choir, harp and string orchestra; Blessed of God, guitar concerto; the Symphony for The Braves; the Cosmic Studies, for piano and 21ème Renaissance, sinfonia concertante in 1 movement. His works have been primarily performed in France and internationally by Hélène Berger, François-René Duchâble, Benoît Schlosberg, Martine Gagnepain, Tetsu and Masaki, José Eduardo Martins and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Hugues Reiner. As a pianist improvisor, he continues to work on a method that aims to structure the composing of an improvisor's music, by repetitive formulas of complex cadences, intended for a written structure for two to five voices.


     Artistic awakening

From a French Pays de la Loire's musical family and his earliest childhood, Francois Serveniere soaked in artistic environment. Family's party spent around piano, singing and playing, in theatre plays, in filming, writing like it would be vital... a breathing, a need, an obviousness. Youngster, Francois Serveniere is living this artistic atmosphere intensely. He begin piano classical study about five years old with master Lucienne Hubert (Jean Doyen's student at Conservatoire de Paris). During adolescence, he begin to play free jazz piano, to write scores and to compose some of a century songs from different fashions.

     Musical education

Ten years after and having finished his first solo piano opus, Exercice de Styles , 24 solo piano pieces, he decides to study classical writing. His meeting with Michel Merlet, Rome Price and composer, teaching in Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and Conservatoire de Paris, is preponderant. This wonderfull pedagogue, Olivier Messiaen's disciple and Henri Dutilleux's successor in composing education, takes him as student. During four years, he carves him, unsaddles him, sometimes bridles him to push his musical technic into a perfect setting. After some years of musical paper writing, scores becomes clear and the master's pencil has disapeared. Michel Merlet congratulates him : " you are a composer ".

     Picture soundtracks

In the end of his musical studies, Francois Serveniere is more and more purchased to score original music for films. From 1993 to 1997, he composes about 150 pieces which are going to form In the Picture (Au coeur des toiles I and II) , Waiting Christmas (En attendant Noel) , Les Pirates de Noel , Un mot par jour , Les incollables 's picture soundtracks ... broadcast series which are regularely diffused on France 2, France 3, Canal J and on international nets and channels (RTP, TSR, Filnet ...). Fox TV is buying rights to perform an US version from Les Pirates de Noel which will become "The Chritmas pirates". After he had composed music for shorts - two were diffused in Poitiers French Futuroscope, Les autoroutes de l'information , 3D Glace - , motion picture works appear during 1998 by Alain Berberian's Paparazzi original motion picture soundtrack where his contribution is to orchestrate and to conduct music. Then, he links up few scores for shorts, Shoes ( Grolles ) , L'insecte , Un ange passe , Au suivant , Derapages , Passage des panoramas , Depart , all french and international festivals rewarded. So, he has been contacted to compose music for two old silent films. The scores for Cagliostro (Gaston Velle and Camille de Morlhon, 1911') and Zigomar contre Nick Carter (Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset, 1912') are synchronized on stage with orchestra during two movies-concerts in 2001 and 2005 at the Espace Cine of Epinay-sur-Seine, the french town of cinematographic industries.

     Concert works

Near works for pictures, personal program and songs orchestrations, classical commands are employing him fully. Progressively is moulding a concert repertory, enclosing today nearly one hundred and fifty works belonging to 20 opus, which principal has been formed by independant musical works : Exercice de Styles , 24 works for piano, Apologie des Fragrances - first symphony - , Valse de Juliette , Pavane pour un songe , Seasons Vertigo - quadruple piano concerto, Rhythmics and Repetitives - two piano opus which three from thoses 24 masterpieces have been played by Francois-Rene Duchable and Helene Berger for a concert in memory of Micheline Ostermeyer; Enigme , Anne de Latour' ballet composed for Conservatoire d'Epinay-sur-Seine "corps de ballet" and percussions orchestra which premiere was successfully played in May 2003, the 25 in Salle Louis Lumiere, Tribulations d'un ecureuil Lambda , 7 piano solo virtuoso works. In this repertory have taken place numerous of scores from soundtracks and theatre, brought again on the studio table and reorganized in musical suites, like Belle and the Beast, In the Picture (Au coeur des toiles) , according to picture soundtrack composer's uses, which give to public the chance to hear long scores on CD or on live, in opposition to snick of music which appeared in motion picture cue - sheets and on stage. Finally, this period filled with big orchestral and pianistic cycles of which last one Inland Seas, violin concerto for orchestra and organ ends by the writing of simpliest melodies as Email a Elise, operette song, Promenade sur la voie lactee, air for flute, piano, harp, chorus and orchestra, Airforce, adventure theme for symphonic orchestra, Pot-pourri pour fleurs fanees, duo for clarinet and piano, finally Trois musiques pour endormir les enfants d'un compositeur commissioned and performed in 2011 by the Brazilian pianist José Eduardo Martins for a tour of seven concerts in Portugal (Coimbra, Lisboa, Tomar, Évora, Lagos, Braga, Póvoa de Varzim) in honor of the Azorean composer Francisco de Lacerda. In 2012, it’s the Hymn for small, non-grades and disabled which is composed to support the cause of the excluded. Then in the aftermath, José Eduardo Martins asks him to compose the piano cycle of the Cosmic Studies inspired by the paintings by the the famous brazilian artist Luca Vitali whose the tragic disappearance in 2013 make born the next study Outono Cosmico - In Memoriam Luca Vitali. He ended the year by composing the magnificent Symphony For The Braves in 7 movements at the occasion of the commemorations of the D-Day 70th anniversary in Normandy. In 2014 born the Champs marins, 7 sailors' songs for male voices and piano dedicated to the Normandy coast ; then Embrasement, transcendental piano study born after the tragic accident "de chalet" of the famous adventurer Sylvain Tesson. In early fall 2014, he began writing his third symphony, 21ème Renaissance, sinfonia concertante in 1 movement, dedicated to the fight against forces of obscurantism completed in spring 2015.

     Instrumental practise

Continuing to study music masters, he daily works his instrument, the piano, where he perpetuate the composer - improviser's tradition. One of his future projects in this domain is to achieve a music method which objective will be to structure the free instrument speech by repetitive cadence practices, from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 voices writing structures.

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