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Pierre EVEN

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Luxembourger, born 4 December 1946. Descendant of the Even Family from Beaufort (Luxembourg) and Metz (France). Studied 1959-66 piano and composition at the "Wiesbadener Konservatorium" in Wiesbaden with Karl Wilhelm Bruehl and Heinrich Steuernagel. Studied law, music and history from 1966-73 at the Universities of Frankfurt, Wuerzburg and Mainz; history of music with Prof. Lothar Hoffmann-Erbrecht, esthetic of music with Prof. Theodor W. Adorno, and sacred music with Prof. Diethard Hellmann. First Juridical State Diploma in 1973, Great Juridical State Diploma (qualification for judgeship) in 1976. Later, he studied orchestration with Prof. Siegfried Koehler.

Pierre Even began composing in 1964. His early works for string orchestra, for various ensembles and organ are influenced by the music of Paul Hindemith, the Second Viennese School and Hans-Werner Henze. They were performed between 1966 and 1974. During thirty years, Pierre Even then intensified its research and publications include numerous articles and books on the history of Nassau and Luxembourg. After a few creations of chamber and sacred music during this period, he started again with composing in 2003. Since then, public performances of his works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, vocals, piano and organ have taken place in Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, France, the U.S.A. and China.

The performances of his works have taken place by the "Luxembourg Sinfonietta", the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg "Les Musiciens", the "Johann-Strauss-Orchester Wiesbaden", the "Musikkorps Blau-Orange" Frickhofen, the Sopranos Byung-Lyul Lee, Diana Gamet and Patricia Freres, the Tenor Donald George, the Baritones Frank Günther and Jean Delobel, the "Duo Hao-Xing Liang - Pierre Alzin", the Cellists Stephan Breith and Marie-Jeanne Baudot, the Pianists Susanne Duch, Kristi Becker, Francois Germain, Kae Shiraki, Lucy Mauro, Maria Sofianska, Elodie Vignon, Claudine Renou-Fages and Jean-Michel Gourlain, Sabine Ambos (Soprano-Recorder/Csakan), Mirjana Petercol (Accordion), the members of the Orchestra of the State Opera of Wiesbaden; the "Ensemble Metafora" Luxembourg; the String Quartet "Quatuor Koch" Luxembourg; the String Quartet of the Wiesbaden Music Academy, the Violin-Duo Dora Entcheva-Heinen and Marie-Denise Heinen; the Brass Quartet of the State Opera of Saarbruecken, the Clarinet Quartet of the "Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg", the Soloists of the "Luxembourg Sinfonietta", the Woodwind-Trio of the "Wiesbadener Musikakademie", the Woodwind-Quartet of the "Wiesbadener Musikakademie", the "Wiesbaden Woodwind-Quartet", the Trombone Quartet of the "Wiesbadener Musikakademie", the Saxophone Quartet of the "Wiesbadener Musikakademie", the Ensemble Wolfgang Groth, the "Kantorei der Lutherkirche", Wiesbaden, the "Katholischer Kirchenchor Wiesbaden-Sonnenberg", the Organists Carlo Hommel, Doris Hagel, Walter Haacke, Reinhold Barbeler, Silvia Toth, Wolfgang Kehr and Andreas Karthaeuser, and the Orchestra of the Oranienschule Wiesbaden (cond. Pierre Even).

During 2004 the following performances have taken place: 23 April in Griesheim (D), "Agnus Dei, para las victimas del 11 de marzo de 2004 en Madrid" (Carlo Hommel, organ and baritone); 13 June in Luxembourg (L), parts 1-6 from "9 caracteres pour violon et piano" op. 29 (Hao-Xing Liang, violin, and Pierre Alzin, piano); 27 June in Koenigstein im Taunus (D), "Pensees" for Clarinet Quartet (Clarinet Quartet of the "Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg"); 18 September in Wiesbaden (D), "Meditation for Organ" op. 24a (Silvia Toth, organ); 19 September in the State Museum of Wiesbaden (D), "Sonata for Cello and Piano" op. 28 (Stephan Breith, cello, and Kristi Becker, piano).

During 2005 the following performances have taken place: 20 June in Schlangenbad (D), pieces 8-9 from "9 caracteres pour violoncelle et piano" op. 29a (Stephan Breith, cello, and Susanne Duch, piano); 5 October in the "Philharmonie" in Luxembourg (L), "Tango para los oidos" for Orchestra op. 33a (Luxembourg Sinfonietta, cond. Marcel Wengler); 17 November in Weilburg/Lahn (D), Paraphrase sur le "Wilhelmus" for Organ, op. 40/2 (Doris Hagel, organ); 19 November in Weilburg/Lahn (D), "Nassauer Marsch" by Franz Scheibelreiter, for Orchestra op. 38 (Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg "Les musiciens", cond. Nicolas Brochot).

During 2006 the following performances have taken place: 1 January and 8 January in Wiesbaden (D), "Nassauer Marsch" by Franz Scheibelreiter arranged for Orchestra op. 38 (Johann-Strauss-Orchestra, cond. Herbert Siebert and Wladislaw Brunner); 18 June in Weilburg/Lahn (D), parts 1-3 from "9 caracteres pour violon et piano" op. 29, and "Allegro in C", fragment by W. A. Mozart, completed and arranged for Violin and Piano op. 42a (Hao-Xing Liang, violin, and Pierre Alzin, piano); 25 June in Wiesbaden (D) "Nassauer Marsch" by Franz Scheibelreiter, arranged for Saxophone Quartet op. 38b (Saxophone Quartet of the "Wiesbadener Musikakademie"); 8 December in Wiesbaden (D), "Allegro in C", fragment by W. A. Mozart, completed by Pierre Even op. 42, and "Geburtstags-Polka" op. 41 for Piano (Susanne Duch, piano).

During 2007 the following performances have taken place: 7 July in Bertrange (L) and 8 July in Mondorf-les-Bains (L), "Heimatlos", Six Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber-Orchestra (Nr. 2 and 5), after poems by Anise Koltz (Byung-Lyul Lee, soprano, and the "Luxembourg Sinfonietta", cond. Marcel Wengler).

During 2008 the following performances have taken place: 18 January in the Concert Hall of the Music Conservatory of Luxembourg (L) "Tango Bravo" (Luxembourg Sinfonietta, cond. Marcel Wengler); 15 June in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D) String-Quartet Nr. 1 (3rd mouv.) (Quatuor Koch, Luxembourg; Laurence Koch, 1st violin); 4 September in the State Library of Wiesbaden (D) "Nassau oblige", 12 pieces dedicated to the sovereigns of the Dynasty Luxembourg-Nassau, for Woodwind Quartet (Woodwind Quartet of the Wiesbaden Music Academy).

During 2009 the following performances have taken place: 19 March in Wakefield Hall, Crane School of Music, Potsdam NY (USA), Du bist wie eine Blume, Song after a poem by Heinrich Heine (Diane Gamet, soprano, and Francois Germain, piano); 21 June in Weilburg/Lahn (D), Three Songs for Soprano and Piano, after poems by Heinrich Heine: Du bist wie eine Blume - Aus meinen Traenen spriessen - Ich hab mir lang den Kopf zerbrochen (Patricia Freres, soprano, and Kae Shiraki, piano); 26 September in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D) "Nassau oblige", 4 pieces dedicated to the sovereigns of the Dynasty Luxembourg-Nassau, for Woodwind Quartet, "Nassauer Marsch" by Franz Scheibelreiter, arranged for Woodwind Quartet, and "Souvenir of Biebrich", March for Woodwind Quartet (Woodwind Quartet of the Wiesbaden Music Academy); 24 October in Lloyd Center, Portland OR (USA), Du bist wie eine Blume, Song after a poem by Heinrich Heine (Donald George, tenor, and Lucy Mauro, piano).

During 2010 the following performances have taken place: 27 June in Koenigstein/Taunus (D), Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello op. 26a (Ensemble Metafora: Nadine Eder, flute, Jehanne Strepenne, violin, and Borbala Janitsek, cello); 29, 30 and 31 October 2010 in Shanghai (PR of China), Luxembourg Pavilion of the World Exhibition, "Fanfare Sino-Lux" op. 51 for Brass Trio (The Soloists of the Luxembourg Sinfonietta).

During 2011 the following performance have taken place: 19 June in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D), "Consolatio" for two Violins op. 50 (Dora Entcheva-Heinen, violin, and Marie-Denise Heinen, violin).

During 2012 the following performances have taken place: 20 May in the Kurhaus of Wiesbaden (D) and 4 November in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D), "Nassau oblige", 2 pieces dedicated to the sovereigns of the Dynasty Luxembourg-Nassau, for Woodwind Quartet , "Eine musikalische Zeitreise durch das Nassauer Land", 4 pieces for Woodwind Quartet, and "Souvenir of Biebrich", March for Woodwind Quartet (The Wiesbaden Woodwind Quartet). 7 September in the "Versoehnungskirche" of Wiesbaden (D), "Miniatur Nr. 8" op. 43 Nr. 8 (Mirjana Petercol, accordion). 4 November in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D), "Selige Sehnsucht", Song after a Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe op. 53 (Frank Günther, baritone, and Maria Sofianska, piano), and Kéler Béla "Die letzten Gluecksstunden", Arrangement for Piano (Azusa Tomimoto, piano). 27 November in the "Kulturforum" of Wiesbaden (D), Kéler Béla "Die letzten Gluecksstunden", Arrangement for Piano (Azusa Tomimoto, piano).

During 2013 the following performances have taken place: 24 January in the Kurhaus of Wiesbaden (D), Three Birthday-Minute-Waltzes for String Quartet op. 54 (String Quartet of the Wiesbaden Music Academy, Hwoayeong Lee and Clara Holzapfel, violin, Miriam Settelmeier, viola, Laura Horvath, cello). 16 June in the Biebrich Castle of Wiesbaden (D), Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano op. 55 (The Soloists of the "Luxembourg Sinfonietta", Cornelia Gudea, violin, Borbála Janitsek, cello, Sarah Briganti, piano). 30 August in the "Kulturforum" of Wiesbaden (D), Siegfried Köhler "Extrakt a la Richard Wagner", Arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (Clarinet Quartet of the Wiesbaden Music Academy). 31 August in the Schlosskirche of Weilburg/Lahn (D), "Nassauer Marsch" arranged for Concert Band (Musikkorps Blau-Orange Frickhofen, cond. Marc Leonardi). 15 November in the "Nebbiensches Gartenhaus" of Frankfurt/Main (D), "Cantus Alaudae" for Recorder/Csakan and Accordion op. 56 (Sabine Ambos, recorder/csakan, Mirjana Petercol, accordion).

During 2014 the following performances have taken place: 27 April in the MIM of Brussels (B), Festival "L'Europe en Musique", "Selige Sehnsucht", Song after a Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe op. 53 (Jean Delobel, baritone, Elodie Vignon, piano). 13 Mai in the "Cité internationale des Arts" in Paris (F), "Sonata for Cello and Piano" op. 28, 1st mouv. (Marie-Jeanne Baudot, cello, Claudine Renou-Fages, piano). 5 July in Le Castellet/Var (F), "Sonata for Cello and Piano" op. 28, 1st mouv. (Marie-Jeanne Baudot, cello, Claudine Renou-Fages, piano).

During 2015 the following performance have taken place: 28 June in Bertrange (L), "Tarjana-mudra" for Chamber Orchestra op. 44 (Luxembourg Sinfonietta, cond. Marcel Wengler), first performance supported by SACEM-Luxembourg.

During 2016 the following performances will take place: 9 July in Le Castellet/Var (F), in the concert "3e Weekend Musical de Musique et Partage", Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 28 (Marie-Jeanne Baudot, cello, Jean-Michel Gourlain, piano), and "Elegie" op. 1 (Jean-Michel Gourlain, piano); 17 November in Weilburg/Lahn (D), Paraphrase sur le "Wilhelmus" for Organ, op. 40/2a (Doris Hagel, organ).

During 2017 the following performances will take place: 22 January in Eltville/Rhein (D), "Libertas" - Sonata for Violin and Viola op. 55a (Bing Qi-Bartha, violin, Andrea Roldán-Cativa, viola).

Pierre Even is lawyer in Wiesbaden and married to Heide H. Even in 1976. He is member of the board of the "Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music (LGNM)".

Recordings of music by Pierre Even: Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 28, Neuf caracteres pour violoncelle et piano op. 29a (Nr. 8-9), Tango melancolico op. 33 Nr. 1 (Kristi Becker and Susanne Duch, piano, Stephan Breith, cello), published by fortepiano (Germany) Nr. 1204 (Genius loci, Koehler - Even - Kirchner, 2007), available on www.fortepiano.de – Tarjana-mudra, for Chamber Orchestra op. 44 (Luxembourg Sinfonietta, cond. Marcel Wengler), published by Editions LGNM (Luxembourg) Nr. 412 (Luxembourg Composers, 2015), available on https://davinci-edition.com/scores-catalogue/

Published Scores: Scores of Pierre Even are published by Da Vinci Editions https://davinci-edition.com

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