Alain Kremski

Alain Kremski

French pianist and composer

Kremski pays paramount attention to the inner movement of the energy that must sustain the interpretation of a work from beginning to end, and that movement is especially perceptible here.

Born in 1950, Laurent Petitgirard studied the piano with Serge Petitgirard and composition with Alain Kremski. An eclectic musician, his career as a composer of symphonic music (more than twenty works) and of film music (160 scores) is matched by his activity as a guest conductor the world over.
In 1989 he founded the Orchestre Symphonique Français which he conducted until 1996, also directing, from 1986 to 1997, the Festival and the Academy of Flaine (Haute-Savoie).
In December 2004 he was elected music director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris and has been reelected in October 2009 till June 2014.
Alain Kremski's journey is indeed a strange one... After brillant studies he abandoned a clearly lead-out path in order to explore the mystical universe of the sounds of temple bells, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, fascinated by Asian music and instruments as Debussy has been by Javanese orchestras and percussions before him.
Like Debussy, Kremksi won the first Prize of Rome in composition at twenty-two, entitling him to live in the Villa Medici for three years. There he made friends with the painter Balthus who infused him with his passion for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and travel...
Alain Kremski writes extremely precise codified music for Tibetan singing bowls and gongs which can be played by two, three, five or more players depending on the score. However, the also composes for orchestra, for choirs, for the piano and chamber music.
As a pianist he tackles unusual repertoires: little-known works by Friedrich Nietzsche, sacred, enigmatic and touching music by G.Gurdijeff, unfamiliar pieces by the visionary Liszt or rarely heard works by Clara Schumann, Richard Strauss, Grieg, Dvorak, Alkan and transcriptions by Borodin.He often begins a Recital with Mahler, Nietzsche, Debussy and Gurdijeff, ending with his own music for Tibetan wood blocks and gongs. He has performed in the most varied circumstances and places: before Panchen Lama in Peing, at the celebration of the 40th birthday of the Sultan of Brunei, before Tibetan Lamas in the temple of Kagyu-Ling.
Alain Kremski has also worked for the theatre with Peter Brook.

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