Stéphane Magnin

b. 1970



Stéphane Magnin was born in Roanne, France on 18 June 1970.

A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, Stéphane Magnin has distinguished himself with works which cover a vast array of aesthetics; Ant-inferno for ensemble (2015), Nicorni for horn and electroacoustics (2001, and later reprogrammed by the ensemble L’itinéraire), Contamination et croissance for clarinet, accordion, double bass and electronics (2005), Fenêtre sur Eternité for flute and electronics (created by Fabrice Jünger in 2017), and Hell is Empty, a mini-musical drama for soprano, percussion and four instruments (a state commission by the French Ministry of Culture), premiered at the Festival Musiques Démesurées of Clermont-Ferrand in 2017.He also composes music for documentaries, as well as for scenic and choreographic creations.

Stéphane Magnin’s meeting with Gérard Pesson in 2006 marked a very decisive moment in his aesthetic evolution. Magnin has a predilection for sound and poetic expression, and links his artistic approach to perception and sensitivity. His research focuses on sound textures and playing modes (Ant-Inferno), which favors the relationship of the musician to their instrument. Having discovered music through percussion, he favors rhythm, energy and percussive colors, as illustrated by Whiplash which was composed for Les Percussions de Strasbourg (2017).

Stéphane Magnin has received commissions by Grame-Centre National de Création Musicale (Monde Flottant for ensemble and electronics, premiered by the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, 2006 — Lauréat du Concours Grame/EOC 2004), the Almaviva ensemble, the ensemble Instant Donné (Respi for flute, percussion and string trio, 2010), Radio France (A corps for the Orchestre National de France and the national radio broadcast Alla Breve, 2014) as well as several state educational commissions; charivari concerto for trombone, tuba and ‘sound orchestra’ (2010), Vitry aux arbres (2012).

Stéphane Magnin teaches composition and computer-assisted composition at the Conservatoire du Centre-Mozart, Paris.


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