Paris-born, Alexandre Ouzounoff is a French composer and an appointed professor at the Conservatoire de Versailles. He studied with the legendary French bassoonist Maurice Allard and won 1st Prize in History of Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. After working with aspiring jazz artists like Lionel Hampton, Michel Portal, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Mino Cinelu and Martial Solal, he decided to devote his life solely to composition.
Ouzounoff’s works have been performed internationally by acclaimed musicians from Vienna Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Paris Opera, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Finish Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony among others and he collaborates regularly with professors from well-regarded universities like Hans Eisler Univeristy in Berlin, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Miami University, Bowling Green State University and many more.
His compositions range from small to large-scale ensembles, often including the bassoon in his chamber pieces as a reminiscence of his early years as a bassoonist. In 2018, Ouzounoff will be the Guest Composer at Talis Festival & Academy in Switzerland. During the festival, his piece “NYUGAT” for viola, clarinet and piano will be premiered and he will work closely with young international composers.
Festival Guest Composer 2018
Photo: Stephane Ouzounoff