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Matthias Leboucher

Musician; Co-Founder, New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg (NAMES), Salzburg, Austria

Matthias Leboucher has played the piano since the age of five. As a pianist, composer and artistic director, he founded the New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg (NAMES) with 9 musicians. They focus on the development of experimental concert settings and forms, and perform in Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Lithuania. As a jazz musician, he regularly plays with jazz violinist Florian Willeitner and leads his own projects (Royal Pump). He also appears in diverse electro, jazz or rock bands in Salzburg or Vienna. His music has been performed in France, Germany, Austria (Aspekte, Crossroads), China (Shanghai's 9th New Music Week 2016), Lithuania (Gaida, Druskomanija Festival) by ensembles such as Court-Circuit, Östereichische Ensemble für Neue Musik, Synaesthesis, NAMES, Interface, or soloists such as Serge Vuille, Daniel Kientzy, Frauke Aulbert among others. In 2017 he was awarded the Jahresstipendium für Musik in Salzburg. In 2010 he was awarded the Mention-Spéciale Maurice Ohana from the prestigious 9th Orléans International Contemporary Piano Competition. He obtained a bachelor's in 2011 from the Pôle Supérieur in Paris and in 2013, he graduated with a bachelor's in composition from the Pôle Supérieur Paris under Jean-Luc Hervé. In 2013, he studied under Tristan Murail and then Achim Bornhöft at Mozarteum Salzburg, focusing on live-electronics, graduating master's in 2017.

 

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