Pierre Jodlowski
Pierre Jodlowski (© Wojtek Kornet)

Pierre Jodlowski, guest at Montreal's Semaine du Neuf

The sense of frantically running against the clock, of neverending submersion, seems even more tangible today.

The French composer of mixed music Pierre Jodlowski blends acoustic and electronic sounds in a work characterised by its density, as well as its theatrical and political roots. As a producer of active music as well as imagery and staging, he regularly performs solo and in collaboration with other artists. Supported by IF Export, he will be the guest of the second edition of La Semaine du Neuf in Montreal. 

Published on 19/03/2024

5 min

Born on 9 March 1971 in Toulouse, Pierre Jodlowski began his musical apprenticeship at the Conservatoire in his native city, where he received the first prize in music theory in 1991. After completing several projects in the fields of jazz and rock, in 1995 he received a Bachelor's degree in music and musicology from the University of Lyon before, one year later, a National Diploma in Higher Music Studies (DNESM) in Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon. It was during this period that he turned his focus to real-time mixed music. 

At the intersection of acoustic and electronic sound, it is generally performed in venues dedicated to contemporary music, as well as in parallel circuits such as dance, theatre, the visual arts and electronic music. He is also the founder and associate artistic director of the studio éOle in Toulouse and, since 2019, artistic director of the Musica Electronica Nova festival, produced by the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2021, he was appointed associate composer for the IRCAM Composition Programme. Winner of several international competitions, he received the Claude Arrieu Prize in 2002 and the Hervé Dugardin prize in 2012. 

Pierre Jodlowski's work is performed in France and abroad in the field of contemporary music. It is always characterised by its theatrical and political roots. Pierre Jodlowski also works on imagery, interactive programming for installations and staging, choosing to question the dynamic relationships of stage spaces. He defines his practice as "active" music and collaborates widely. He has worked in partnership with ensembles from the contemporary musical environment and international soloists throughout his career. 

Pierre Jodlowski's mixed music works establish relationships between the instruments on stage and the sounds projected by the speakers. Movement, voices and interactivity play a major role throughout his work. His creations are also developed in collaboration with visual artists, authors, directors, as well as stage designers and dramatists. He has notably received commissions from IRCAM, the Ministry of Culture, Radio France and the International Concours de Genève. 

Pierre Jodlowski's creations have travelled the world. He was hosted in residency at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin in 2003 and 2004, while his works have been performed in Europe, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. In 2024, he will be the guest of the second edition of La Semaine du Neuf in Montreal. 

Following a homage to composer Claude Vivier in 2023, La Semaine du Neuf invites the audience to explore the potential links between digital arts and new music. Pierre Jodlowski is welcomed in collaboration with the EUNIC Montreal cluster, with his works performed by its members and other international artists. 

  • 1996


    Pierre Jodlowski earns a National Diploma of Higher Music Studies (DNESM) from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon.

  • 2000


    He receives a commission from the Cinémathèque de Toulouse to create an electronic score for Eisenstein's first film, Strike.

  • 2006


    He completes the composition of Time & Money, a percussion and electronics piece.

  • 2021


    Pierre Jodlowski is appointed as associate composer for the IRCAM Composition Programme.

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