Frank Madlener

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Date and place of birth: 1968, Brussels, Belgium

Living place: Paris, France

Theme: music

ECC Participation: Congress Council

photo: private archive

Frank Madlener is a pianist and conductor, a cultural and artistic manager, and a director of the renowned IRCAM music research institute in Paris.

He studied music in France and Belgium. Since 2000, his main occupation has been that of a cultural manager. He has overseen many festivals and musical events. Madlener served as the artistic director of the European Mozart Foundation as well as the Ars Musica festival in Brussels and Musica in Strasbourg. In 1999, he co-founded Réseau Varèse, an international research institute devoted to promoting contemporary compositions.

“I’m interested in the collision of artistic sensibilities with technology.”

Since 2006, Madlener has served as the director of IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), a dynamic and innovative research institute founded at the Centre Pompidou in the lat 1970s, where he had previously held the position of artistic director. He also heads the center’s Agora festival. IRCAM brings together composers from all over the world to explore music through science. The institute focuses on computer technology in music and studies such fields as acoustics, signal processing, and musicology. It also runs multidisciplinary projects involving dance, theater, film, and video art. IRCAM describes its activities as research, creation, and transmission. As the director of IRCAM, Madlener explores the relationship between man and machine and how technology affects the composer. His goal is to implement technology in compositions for particular instruments as well as the entire orchestra. He exposes broad audiences to innovative and experimental pieces of music.

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