Alain Louvier was born in Paris in 1945. After gaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1961 he started on a long and arduous road at the Paris Conservatory that eventually led him in 1972 to be appointed Director of the École Nationale de Musique in Boulogne-Billancourt, his family’s home town. During these long years of study, he was awarded nine First Prizes, notably for Composition (Tony Aubin), Musical Analysis (Olivier Messiaen), Piano Accompaniment (Henriette Puig-Roget), History of Music (Norbert Dufourcq), Orchestra Conducting (Manuel Rosenthal), and Harpsichord (Robert Veyron-Lacroix). He was the last, in 1968, to be awarded the ‘Premier Grand Prix de Rome’, consequently living in residence at the Villa Medici from 1969 to 1972. Among other honours, he was awarded a bursary by the ‘Fondation de la Vocation’ in 1966, the Arthur Honegger Prize in 1975 and the Paul Gilson Prize in 1981. In 1991 Alain Louvier was appointed professor of music analysis at the Paris Conservatory.