Jean-Paul Metzger

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Jean-Paul Metzger started to study music in his mid-twenties when, soon after moving to England from his native France, where he had read computer science at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Paris), a chance encounter with new music revealed a passion for composition. His first mentor was Paul Webster, who taught him at Morley College (London), then privately, in the late 1990s.

A recording of his early output for chamber ensemble and solo piano led to a string of collaborations with fringe theatre directors, short-film makers and popular music artists on both sides of the Channel – which notably saw a set of symphonic arrangements commissioned by singer-songwriter John Otway performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

He embarked on a cycle of academic studies in 2005, first reading music under Joe Duddell at Exeter University, where he gained an MA in composition (in the course which he became composer-in-residence for the Exeter Children’s Orchestra) and, more recently, completing a PhD at Bristol University under the supervision of Geoff Poole and John Pickard. His second piano sonata, Arborescences, written as part of his research portfolio, was premiered at St. George’s (Bristol) by Geoff Poole in 2014.

Metzger’s compositional style is noted for its intense concentration and rarefied quality. His chamber works have been performed in the UK by ensembles such as Kokoro, Gemini, the Bozzini Quartet and the Bristol Ensemble. His latest commission by New Music in the South-West, Another Season, written in response to an exhibition of Zhang Enli’s paintings at Hauser & Wirth (Somerset), was premiered earlier this year by Roger Huckle and Bernard Kane at the Royal West of England Academy.

The SCA online database currently lists no scores by Jean-Paul Metzger.

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