Philippe Manoury


Philippe Manoury (Tulle, France, 1952) is regarded as one of the most important French composers as well as a forerunner in the field of live electronics. His oeuvre comprises of many pieces for orchestra, string quartet, piano and various instruments with electronics as well as five operas. He recently finished a large-scale spatial-orchestral project: the Trilogie Köln (Ring, Ins situ and Lab.Oratorium) for François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne.

Manoury is a member of the honorary committee of the French-German fund for contemporary music/Impuls Neue Musik. In 2015, he was elected as a member of the Berlin Akademie der Künste.


1970 Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (class of Max Deutsch)

1972 Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (classes of Michel Philippot, Ivo Malec and Claude Ballif)

1975 Computer-based music composition studies with Pierre Barbaud

1980 Joins IRCAM – Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique

Major works

1987 Jupiter, for flute and live electronics

1994 Chronophonies I et II (commissioned by Radio France), for mezzo-soprano, bass-baritone and orchestra

2007 Terra Ignota, In memoriam Karlheinz Stockhausen, for piano and ensemble

2001 K…, opera

2009 Synapse, concerto, for violin and orchestra

2011 La nuit de Gutenberg, opera

2011/2012/2017 Kein Licht, thinkspiel for actors, singers, musicians and electronic music

2022 Trilogie Köln (Ring, Ins situ and Lab.Oratorium) for François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne


1976 SACEM Chamber music Prize

1988 Paris Music Composition Grand Prix

1999 SACEM Grand Prix for symphonic music

2001 SACD Grand Prix for K…

2001 Music Critic’s award for K…

2012 Composer of the year at Victoires de la musique classique for La Nuit de Gutenberg

2014 French Order of the Arts and Letters

2022 Pierre of Monaco Prize for K…


1998 La Note et le Son: écrits et entretiens, 1981-1998, collection Musique et musicologie

2001 Va-et-vient: entretiens avec Daniela Langer, éditions Musica Falsa, collection ‘Paroles’

2012 La Musique du temps réel: entretiens avec Omer Corlaix et Jean-Guillaume Lebrun, éditions Musica Falsa, collection ‘Paroles’ 

2014 Les neurones enchantés: la musique et le cerveau, discussion avec Pierre Boulez et Jean-Pierre Changeux

2017 L’invention de la musique, leçon inaugurale du Collège de France

La musique en questions : entretiens avec Philippe Manoury, Editions Aedam-Musicae, Paris, 1998.