Philippe Leroux

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Area Coordinator

Philippe Leroux
Music Research
Music Composition
Contact Information
Email address: 
philippe.leroux [at]
Area Coordinator

Philippe Leroux was born in Boulogne Billancourt (France) on september 24th, 1959. In 1978 he entered the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique), studied with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer and Guy Reibel and obtained three first prizes. Meanwhile, he followed classes with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xénakis.

In 1993 he was selected to enter the Villa Medicis in Rome for two years, where he remained until 1995.

His compositional output (about eighty works to date) includes symphonic, vocal, electronic, acousmatic and chamber music. His works are the result of various commissioners, among them the French Ministry of Culture, Radio- France Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestfunk Baden Baden, IRCAM, Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble Court-Circuit, INA-GRM, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montreal, Ensemble Ictus, Festival Musica, Ensemble BIT 20, Koussevitsky Foundation, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Athelas, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, CIRM, INTEGRA, and several other institutions of international standard.

His music is widely performed in various European festivals and International orchestras such as Donaueschingen, Radio-France Présences (Paris), Agora (Paris), Venice Biennale, Bath Festival, Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Stockholm ISCM, Barcelona Festival, Musiques en Scènes (Lyon), Festival Manca (Nice), Bergen Festival, Ultima (Oslo) Festival, Tage für Neue Musik (Zürich), BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow), Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Czech Philharmony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, etc.

He has received many prizes and awards: Prix Hervé Dugardin, Best contemporary musical creation Award 1996 for (d')ALLER, SACEM Prize, André Caplet and Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prizes from the Academy of Fine Arts (Institut de France), Salabert Prize for his piece Apocalypsis and Arthur Honegger Prize (Fondation de France) for his overall production. Since 2015 he is fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In addition, Philippe Leroux writes articles on contemporary music, has given lectures and taught composition at Berkeley University (California), Harvard, Grieg Academy (Bergen), Columbia University (New-York), Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen, University of Toronto, Fondation Royaumont, IRCAM, American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau, Paris and Lyon Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs, Domaine Forget (Quebec) , and Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta.

 From 2001 to 2006 he was a teacher in composition at IRCAM in the frame of the "Cursus d'Informatique Musicale". In 2005 and 2006 he taught at McGill University (a Fondation Langlois programme). From 2007 to 2009 he was composer-in-residence at Metz Arsenal and at Orchestre National de Lorraine, then from 2009 to 2011, invited professor at Université de Montréal (UdeM). As of September 2011 he is professor in composition at McGill University.

Teaching areas: 

Director of the Digital Composition Studios

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