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Michelle Agnes Magalhaes

[1979, Brazil]

Brazilian composer, she places a high premium on the engagement of the musician's body with her performance, as well as new approaches to traditional instruments and instrumentation. She focuses on raw materials, creating complex sounds inside forms that are geometric inspired and structured. 

In 2002, she got a musical composition bachelor at the State University of Campinas, and in 2010, she got a musicology PhD at the University of Sao Paulo. In 2012, she started following the instructions of the composers Salvatore Sciarrino, Stefano Gervasoni and Chaya Czernowin.

During all this, at age 23, she became the recipient of an artists' prize from Unesco (Ashberg Fellowship) that allowed her to travel extensively in Europe, exposing her to the many different communities of contemporary music on the continent. 

Her ‘pulsating and living music’ (Anne Montaron, Radio France), of  ‘unique tone’ (Musical America), is part of numerous repertoires of international contemporary ensembles : Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Accroche Note, Ensemble Multilatérale, Abstraï, Percorso Ensemble, Quarteto Prometeo, 2e2m, Choeur en Scène, Vertixe Sonora, TaG Neue Musik, 20° dans le noir, Soundinitiative, Lovemusic, Ensemble l’Itinéraire, etc.

 

She has been awarded fellowships, residences and commissions from Radcliffe Institute (Harvard University), UNESCO, IRCAM, Fapesp, Venice Biennale, Camargo Foundation, Villa Sträuli, Siemens Foundation, European Commission, Brazilian and French Culture Minister. Her music has been featured by many ensembles in the world : Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Accroche Note, Ensemble Multilatérale, Abstraï, Percorso Ensemble, Quarteto Prometeo, 2e2m, Choeur en Scène, Vertixe Sonora, TaG Neue Musik, 20° dans le noir, Soundinitiative, Lovemusic, Ensemble l’Itinéraire, etc.

 

In 2013 she moved to Paris to work in collaboration with researchers at IRCAM (Pompidou Center). During 2017-18 Michelle Agnes Magalhaes was a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University, USA. She lives and works at Paris.

Michelle Agnes Magalhaes (1979)

Née au Brésil, lauréate de la bourse Unesco-Aschberg en 2003, son travail explore les limites entre geste et écriture, pratiques musicales et notations expressives. Après des études de composition musicale à l’université de Campinas et Sao Paulo, elle se perfectionne avec Salvatore Sciarrino et Chaya Czernowin.

 

Sa musique « vivante et vibrante » (Anne Montaron, Radio France) et d’une « sonorité unique » (Musical America) fait partie du programme de nombreux ensembles internationaux de musique contemporaine (Ensemble l’Itinéraire, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Accroche Note, Ensemble Multilatérale, Abstraï, Percorso Ensemble, Quarteto Prometeo, 2e2m, Vertixe Sonora, TaG Neue Musik, 20° dans le noir, Soundinitiative, Lovemusic,etc).

 

Depuis 2014, elle collabore régulièrement avec l’IRCAM / Centre Georges Pompidou. En 2019, elle a été compositrice en résidence dans ce même Institut et a développé dans ce cadre une série d'œuvres musicales interactives destinées au public avec des supports web (STARTS / Commission Européenne), ainsi qu'un dispositif sonore-scénographique interactif (s-cordatura).

 

Michelle Agnes a reçu des commandes de Radio France, de la Fondation Siemens, de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Goiás, de la Biennale de Venise, du SESC, du Ministère de la Culture du Brésil et de la France.

 

Docteur en musique par l'Université de Sao Paulo, elle est également fellow (2018-19) du Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study de l’Université de Harvard en composition musicale.

Michelle Agnes Magalhaes (1979) tem se dedicado à composição desde seu primeiro contato com o professor H.J. Koellreutter, em 1994. Sua música explora os limites entre gesto e escritura e busca provocar um engajamento total do corpo-espírito do instrumentista. Após seus estudos de composição na Unicamp, e seu doutorado na Universidade de São Paulo, ela se aperfeiçoou com os compositores Salvatore Sciarrino (Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Conservatoire de Latina), Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University) e Stefano Gervasoni.

 

Sua música foi apresentada em vários festivais na América do Sul e na Europa. Sua música "viva e vibrante" (Anne Montaron, Radio France) e única em sua sonoridade (Musical America) faz parte do programa de numerosos ensembles de música contemporânea do mundo todo: Abstraï, Percorso, Arsenale, Accroche Note, Promenade Sauvage, ECCE, Bahia Blanca Soloists, Quarteto Prometeo, Flame Ensemble, Ensemble TaG Neue Musik, 20° dans le noir, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble L’Itinéraire, Ensemble Multilatérale e Ensemble Intercontemporain.

 

A compositora foi premiada com bolsas, residências e comissões da Fundação Camargo, Villa Sträuli, Ministério da Cultura Francês e Brasileiro, Fondazione Giorgio Cini de Veneza, Fundação Siemens, Instituto Francês, Comissão Europeia e Unesco.

Desde 2017, Michelle Agnes é fellow em composição musical pelo Instituto Radcliffe de Estudos Avançados da Universidade de Harvard.


Entre 2018-2019 foi artista em residência do IRCAM (Centro Georges Pompidou) e bolsista do programa no programa Starts Residencies da Comissão Europeia.


Atualmente vive e trabalha em Paris.