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A native of Bordeaux (1985), Jean-Patrick Besingrand has been described as an « audacious composer » whose music « takes the listener on a fascinating and rewarding journey ». His music plays on tone colors and explores different conceptions of temporality. The incorporation of natural elements such as air sound is also at the center of his interests. Jean-Patrick has participated in several festivals and masterclasses, including Musica Festival, Shanghai New Music Week Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival, Viola’s 2014, and l’Odyssée des Arts Sonnants. At these festivals, he received instruction from renowned composers such as Beat Furrer, Philippe Hurel, Philippe Manoury, Jörg Widmann, Qin Wenchen, Daniel D’Adamo, Tania Léon, Mathew Rosenblum, Claude Ledoux, Chen Yi, and Luis Naon. He has received recognition from the Lin Yao Ji International Competition, the Molinari Quartet Sixth International Composition Competition, the Chengdu-China Sun River Prize competition, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, the American Prize, and the First International Composition Competition Viola’s 2014. His saxophone quartet won the first prize of the Composition Competition for Saxophone Quartet organized by SaxOpen and the Festival Musica. The Robert Starer Award commemorated his harp concerto Sur les ailes du temps in May 2016. His music has been performed by ensembles such as Court-Circuit, Dal Niente, Mivos Quartet, Molinari Quartet, Platypus, Mise-En, Contemporaneous, Del Sol Quartet, Offspring, C4, Singularity saxophone quartet, Klexos, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, CMU Contemporary Ensemble, Círculo Trio, Very Small Consortium Ensemble, Aurae Duo, and by the several soloists including Thomas Piercy, Pierre Dutrieu, Yumi Suehiro, Vilian Ivantchev, Elsa Seger and Martha Cargo. Jean-Patrick holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Bordeaux, and graduated with high honors in Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Soundpainting from the Bordeaux Conservatory where he studied notably with Jean-Louis Agobet in composition. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Leonardo Balada. Currently Jean- Patrick is a PhD student in composition at CUNY under Professor Jason Eckardt. He is also working on his doctoral thesis in Musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris.



Konohana for solo clarinet and ensemble Konohana (Konohanasakuya-hime) is the goddess of Mount Fuji and the princess of cherry blossoms. She is associated with the sakura and the ephemeral beauty of its blooming. This piece is inspired by the symbolism of the cherry blossom as well as the socio-cultural aspect of the blooming flowers. From the clarinet, contrapuntal lines emerge and progressively densify the instrumental texture like rhizomes. This densification is interrupted by the presence of « inserts », ephemeral blocs of material radically different and interconnected to each other. The clarinet takes advantage of these moments to increasingly gain power. From a subtoned sound to a full sonority, the clarinet distances itself from the rest of the ensemble that tries to fulfill the function of demiurge during these inserts.