GRAME Presents: Wilhem Latchoumia (Piano & Electronics)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Event Type: 
 GRAME (centre national de création musicale) presents:
Wilhem Latchoumia
Recital and new repertoire
Piano & electronics
Featuring works by Franck Bedrossian, Jerome Dorival, Yann Orlarey, Franck Yeznikian, Pierre Jodlowski, Gerard Pesson, Georges Aperghis 

« Composing for the piano today ?
Here is a title that could sum up the scope of this recital.
Post-War Serialism has been a solution for many composers, but could be quickly limited.
Young generation has managed to escape from that stronf influence, without however, make a clean sweep of the past.
Georges Aperghis, Pierre Jodlowski and Franck Bedrossian use electronics, which boosts the ability to create new piano sounds. Gerard Pesson sets itself up as «father» Couperin for a face to face-like nostalgia. Yann Orlarey and Jérôme Dorival got inspired by an old treaty to transcribe the piano, an instrument of all possibili- ties. For his part, Frank Yeznikian searches into black color, a symbol of the origins, and extracts a light.
The piano, an instrument king of the nineteenth century, still talks to us, and opens to new languages, still inviting us to travel with poetry.»

- Wilhem Latchoumia


Born in Lyon in 1974. Wilhem Latchoumia unanimously obtained the Gold Medal at the Conservatoire Nation- al de Region of Lyon (Anne-Marie Lamy’s class), then the first Prize with congratulations from the jury at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse of Lyon (Eric Heidsieck’s and Gery Moutier’s classes). He end- ed his training with Gery Moutier in perfection classes. He was Claude Helffer’s student and followed Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen’s and Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s master classes. He held a bachelor’s degree in musicology.

Wilhem Latchoumia performs regularly in recitals, in concertos and in chamber music concerts. In France, he has performed at the Musee d’Orsay and at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, in Menton, in Lyon and during peri- ods of residency at Royaumont. He has also been invited to play in many festivals such as the International Festival “Piano aux Jacobins” of Toulouse, the “Annecy Festival Estival et Academies”, the “Musicales Internationales Guil-Durance”, the International Festival “Musique à l’Emperi” in Salon-de-Provence, the International Festival of Besançon, the Orangerie de Sceaux Music Festival,the Piano International Festival of La Roque d’Antheron and the Festival“JeunesTalents”in Metz. Abroad,thepublic has had the pleasure of hearing him in the following festivals: Gubbio Summer Festival in Italy, “Young Euro Classic 2002” Festival in Berlin, Xeraciòn Festival in Spain, at the Institute For Contemporary Performance at Mannes College in New York, at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in 2007 in China, at the 39th Encuentros Festival of Buenos Aires in Argentine. His numerous tours have taken him to Lebanon, China, Turkey, Estonia, Belarus, Poland, and very recently South America.

Wilhem Latchoumia has played as a soloist conducted by Gilbert Amy (Stravinsky), Peter Csaba (Messiaen, Bartòk, Amy), Fabrice Pierre (Berg, Messiaen) with the Rostow Symphony orchestra conducted by Andrei Galanov and with the Seoul and Daejean philharmonic orchestras. He has been invited by several regional orchestras such as the Na- tional Orchestra of Lille, with which he will perform Anthony Girard’s piano and orchestra concerto in September 2010. He will also perform with the Teatro Colon orchestra in Argentina in October 2010. In Sep- tember 2011, he will perform in a creation around Daughters of the lone- some Isle (John Cage) whilst in residence at the Royaumont Foundation. His passion for contemporary music has led him to collaborate with com- posers such as Pierre Boulez, Gilbert Amy, Michael Jarrell, Jonathan Harvey, Frederic Pattar, Frederic Kahn, Karl Naegelen, José Manuel Lopez-Lopez and Pierre Jodlowski. Wilhem Latchoumia also collaborates with the cho- reographers Philippe Cohen (Strasbourg Festival Musica, in Luxembourg) and Stanislaw Wisniewski (on tour in Lyon, in Poland, Belarus, Spain).

Laureate of the Hewlett-Packard Foundation “Musicians of Tomorrow» (2004) and of the 12th International Competition of Contemporary Music for piano Xavier Montsalvatge (Girona, Spain), he walked away with the First prize Special Distinction Blanche Selva in February 2006, as well as five other prizes in the Orléans International Piano Competition.
Wilhem Latchoumia has recorded two discs:“Piano and Electronic Sounds” rewarded by a Choc du Monde de la Musique, and «Impressoes» at Sony BMG / RCA, acclaimed by the critics (Choc du Monde de la Musique, Dia- pason d’or, the best recording for the magazine Audio Clasica [Spain]).
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