Charles Chaynes

b. 1925

French

Biography

Originally from the French town of Toulouse, Charles Chaynes was born on July 11th 1925. He attended the Paris Conservatory and studied with Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier whilst there. His cantata Et l’homme se vit les portes rouvrir won him the Prix de Rome in 1951 and whilst in Rome, staying at the Villa Medici, he composed First Concerto for String Orchestra and the Ode for a Tragic Death. 

He became a producer at the Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (RTF) in 1956 then succeeded Marius Constant as head of the channel France Musique eight years later in 1964. Chaynes lead the service de la creation musicale at Radio France from 1975-1990. His compositional output includes several operas, one symphony and chamber works. In addition, he composed many concertos for a range of instruments, including trumpet, violin, piano and organ and two orchestral concerts.