MARC LYS (b 1963 )
Born into a family of enthusiastic music-lovers, Marc Lys studied from the age of six at the Dinan Music School in Brittany, playing piano, then percussion, followed by the trombone, in his desire to play in the town band. He went on to study at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rennes, while continuing his general education, going on to continue musical and university studies in Paris, qualifying as a piano teacher and as a trombonist at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique before study of piano and theory at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He went on to study at the Geneva and Lyon Conservatoires before returning to the Paris Conservatoire, where he was awarded first prize in piano, trombone, chamber music, analysis and composition. After qualifying as a piano teacher he joined the staff of the Conservatoire National de Région de Lille, where he conducted the Brass Ensemble. In September 2005 he took charge of the sight-reading and ensemble work of the brass department of the Paris Conservatoire. He continues a career as a player with orchestra and in various chamber ensembles, as well as in recitals, and is active in work for brass ensembles, big bands and brass bands. As a composer Marc Lys combines jazz and classical writing with the contemporary. His most important compositions include Feezzy et le trombone de Merlin, Le tambour de Bongo, Destinations lointaines, Vertiges for trombone and wind band, Concertino for trombone and brass ensemble, Une sacrée journée for tuba and wind band, Procession et danses for brass band, Brass pulsions for brass ensemble, Elucubrations for trombone and wind quintet, Rapsodie armoricaine for trombone and piano, Tubastone for tuba solo, and Exploitation for trumpet solo.