A graduate in Musicology (Agrégation), first prize-winner in composition, orchestration and analysis at the CNSM of Paris (Ivo Malec, Gérard Grisey and Betsy Jolas classes), several times prize-winner of the Institute of France (among which the Pierre Cardin Prize), Patrick Burgan was resident at the Casa de Velasquez in Madrid from 1992 to 1994.
He has also been awarded the Prize of the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation and Academy of Arts (1996), on which Henri Dutilleux wrote to him: "I am very moved and proud because you know with what respect I hold for your music and with what attention I follow your first performances."
In 2008, he was awarded the Grand-Prix Sacem for symphonice music for his entire production.
Patrick Burgan's work, which includes several operas and numerous instrumental, symphonic and vocal pieces, is regularly performed in most countries over the world by prestigious orchestras, ensembles and soloists. It has been unanimously acclaimed by the critics who never cease to mention its solar and Dionysian energy and its immediate impact on the audience.
We must especially keep in mind the undeniable theatrical nature of this music which is as intense in its sensual expression as it is in its extatic lyricism.
The last opera, Enigma based on the play Variations énigmatiques by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt was first performed at Opéra de Metz in 2022, et resumed in april 2024 at Opéra de Montréal. Concerning the lyrical fantasy Peter Pan or the real story of Wendy Moira Angela Darling, the magnificent production of the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2006 is now available on record label (2CD+DVD).
As pianist, Patrick Burgan performs regularly cine-concerts. He is also professor at the University of Toulouse, teaching composition and improvisation. The Alcmène association is dedicated to promoting the music of Patrick Burgan.