Étienne Kippelen is a composer, musicologist and pianist; he earned three prizes from the Paris Conservatoire (Analysis, Aesthetics and Harmony) as well as a prize from the Lyon CNSMD (Composition). Passionate about teaching, he is currently professor of composition and history of music at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory. With a PHD in musicology, he has taught at the Aix-Marseille University since 2006. His research into modern music has led him to publish thirty academic articles and three books about melody, musical humor and French popular songs. Wishing to contribute to the promotion of all kinds of music, he created and co-directed the festival Nocturnes Sainte-Victoire with pianist Alexandra Lescure. Composer of about forty pieces, laureate of many international competitions (Concours Dutilleux, Concours Jolivet, etc.), he has studied with personalities as eclectic as Régis Campo, Allain Gaussin and Philippe Hurel. His works are regularly performed in various festivals: Eurochestries, Festival du Haut-Bugey, Moments musicaux de Chagny, Printemps Musical de Vaucluse, Festival Radio France à Montpellier, Court-Circuit, and others.
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