the HOB H.O.D.T. – SOUND Search – closing Winter 2019/2020
SOUND Artist year end 2019/ Frank Perret
FROM THE Artist//
I began piano studies at the age of 6.
At the end of my studies I obtained my degree in piano, music theory, and 3 part harmony.
Later, I trained with Béatrice HOFFMAN, then Madeleine CURIE who was Alfred Cortot’s assistant. I also studied musicology and acoustics at La Sorbonne.
For a classical musician, I have an atypical background. When I was 16 years old I worked in a record studio as a pianist. I played with some rock and blues groups. I occasionally accompanied singers, and became Marcel Amont’s pianist. I was also interested in jazz, so Nicolas GUAY and I founded the Acoustic Quartet and obtained Claude Bolling’s exclusive permission to interpret his jazz piano and classical guitar concerto. My musical explorations didn’t stop me from playing classical concerts, solo or duet, with a wide range of instrumentalists and opera singers.
I taught and served as panel member and examiner at several music schools (Toulouse, St Germain en Laye, etc.).
My technical sound training and my knowledge of acoustics have led me to participate in the ‘Festival de Théâtre’ in Paris, La Defence (1992) as an expert in acoustics, and in the ‘Festival du Rire’ in Montreal (1998) as a sound engineer.
For one year I hosted a music live radio show with Eric Thomas for Sud Radio.
PRIERE/ experimental research/
Between 1991 and 2001, I composed several sound scores for films, TV movies, short films, documentaries and advertising jingles.
In 2001, I decided to change my life and moved to a small village on a hill in the heart of the Luberon, Provence, where I could compose freely and without time constraints.
I moved my piano and my workshop to a monastery lent by the mayor, and wrote nine pieces for (French romantic) piano in a French romantic style, drawing my inspiration from poems I wrote when I was a teenager and created the album “Portraits d’Ames”.
I was commissioned to do a musicological study for the church tower rehabilitation and compose six pieces for church bells.
I give regular concerts in which I play my pieces and I founded the duet “A quatre mains” with Jacqueline Ragot (works for four hands by G. Fauré, G.Gerschwin, N. Rota, C. Saint Saëns, J. Brahms, F. Perret, etc.). Today, I am preparing my second album, which is composed of pieces for piano four hands, violin and piano, flute and piano, piano trio, violin, and cello. At the same time, I am working with soprano Charlotte Osborn. We are preparing a concert program of songs by G. Fauré, F. Poulenc, K. Weill, R. Hahn, R. Heuberger, E. Satie and N. Rimski-Korsakov. Following a stay in Laos, I would like to work with Laotian music students to inspire them to play the piano. I am hoping to organise concerts and masterclasses once I get the director of the music school’s permission. To be continued…