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Laurent Petitgirard was born in 1950 and studied piano with Serge Petitgirard and composition with Alain Kremski. An eclectic musician with a compelling melodic gift, he combines a career as a composer of more than twenty orchestral works, two operas and 160 film scores with that of an international conductor. He was musical director of the French Symphony Orchestra from 1989–1996 and was elected musical director of the Colonne Orchestra in 2005. Laurent Petitgirard has recorded around forty albums. His first opera, Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man was performed by the Prague State Opera in 2002 in a production by Daniel Mesguich, and subsequently filmed and released in a Nice Opera production on Marco Polo 2.220001. His second opera, Guru, will be produced at the Szczecin Opera in 2017. Laurent Petitgirard has also recorded his three symphonic poems [Naxos 8.570138] and Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé [Naxos 8.570075], as well as an album of his three concertos for string instruments [Naxos 8.557602]. His latest works include his ballet The Little Prince [Naxos 8.573113], Etats d’Âme for alto saxophone and orchestra, the symphonic poem Solitaire and the Bribes trio, for alto saxophone, cello and piano. The majority of his works are published by Editions Durand-Universal. Petitgirard was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2000.

For more information, please visit www.petitgirard.com.

Little Prince, Huge Imagination: Laurent Petitgirard talks to Jeremy Siepmann

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