MARCEL MIHALOVICI (1898 - 1985)
The French composer Marcel Mihalovici was born in Romania, in Bucharest, and in 1919 moved to Paris on the advice of his compatriot George Enescu. His teachers at the Schola Cantorum included Vincent d’Indy and in 1921 he won the Enescu Prix National for his Sonata for Violin and Piano. He joined Beck, Martinů and Tcherepnin in the Ecole de Paris group of foreign composers and later collaborated with Milhaud, Honegger and Ibert in a chamber music society. He married the renowned concert pianist Monique Haas, who spurred his compositional style and musical imagination. As a proponent of neoclassicism, he also applied rhythmic innovation to his compositions, offering additional difficulty for the performer. His stage works included collaboration with Samuel Beckett con Krapp’s Last Tape.