The French violist and composer Vincent Royer was born in Strasbourg. He studied in Freiburg and Cologne, performed early on in various ensembles (Ensemble Köln, Ensemble Modern), dedicated himself intensely to chamber music, but also to improvisation and to the dialogue between various art forms, music, dance and the visual arts. Besides several fellowships, in 1991 he earned the “Prix Xenakis” for his performance of new music. Collaborating closely with such contemporary composers as Gérard Grisey, Pascal Dusapin, Horatiu Radulescu, Luc Ferrari and Vinko Globokar, Royer developed a comprehensive repertoire, and presented it in guest appearances around the world. He developed the spectral sonic language of his compositions during an artistic Residence in Banff (Canada), as fellow of the “Bourse Lavoisier” and in the electronic studio “Centre Henri Pousseur” in Liège (Belgium). Numerous composers dedicated new works to Royer and his duo, which involves the Belgian pianist Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven. Exhibiting his creativity in many different forms and aesthetics, he conceived with Gerhard Eckel the work Traverse for viola and computer, which in 2000 was selected by the International Computer Music Conference in Berlin. His encounter with the visual artists Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Bob Verschueren led to intense experimental projects. The B.R.A.C. Quartet (violin, viola, cello, double bass), of which he was a co-founder, explores new directions of spontaneous composition.
His world premiere of the complete oeuvre for viola by Horatiu Radulescu earned worldwide recognition and received the highest award of the music journal Crescendo. In 2008/09 the Duo Royer/Collard-Neven was awarded the “Coup de Coeur” of the Académie Charles Cros for their recordings of works by Luc Ferrari and Jean-Luc Fafchamps. Royer regularly conducts seminars and workshops at European und American conservatories and universities. Since 2010 he is professor for chamber music at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège.
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