Originally from Bordeaux, Jean-Patrick Besingrand (b. 1985) is a French composer and musicologist based in Washington DC and
New York. From his formative years as a keyboardist and guitarist in rock and heavy metal bands, Jean-Patrick has kept a particular interest for noise and distortion. In his music, he seeks to combine these timbral interests with an extended conception of silence and other absences in order to create contrasting and evolving sonic landscapes.
As a composer he received several awards and recognition in France and abroad such as the International Composition Competition organized by SaxOpen and Musica (Strasbourg, France, 2015, First Prize), New Music Generation (Kazakhstan, 2020, 2nd Prize), Sun-River Prize (Chengdu, China, 2017), International Composition Competition Città di Udine (Italy, 2016 and 2023, First Prize absolute), and Robert Starer Composition Award (New York, USA, 2016) among others.
His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Court-Circuit, Dal Niente, Linéa, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Klangforum Wien, Mivos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Molinari Quartet, Platypus, Barcelona Modern Ensemble, Quince, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble,
Meitar Ensemble, Suono Giallo, and Mise-En. Jean-Patrick's music has also been performed by many soloists, notably Pierre Dutrieu, Yumi Suehiro, Aurélienne Brauner, Geoffrey Deibel, Carla Rees, Mamiko Someda, Thomas Piercy, Remi Miura, and Reison Kuroda.
His music was featured at festivals such as Festival Musica (France), Voix Nouvelles Royaumont (France), Shanghai New Music Week (China), St. Petersburg International New Music Festival (Russia), OutHear New Music Week (Greece), Barcelona Modern Festival (Spain), IlSuono Contemporary Music Week (Italy), Mixtúr (Spain), CEME (Israel), Thailand International Composition Festival (Thailand), Tokyo Media Interaction (Japan), and Red Note (USA), among others.
Jean-Patrick holds a PhD in composition from The Graduate Center, CUNY where he studied under Professor Jason Eckardt, a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Bordeaux, and diplomas in Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Soundpainting from the Bordeaux Conservatory
where he notably studied composition under Jean-Louis Agobet. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Leonardo Balada. Since 2018, he has served as co-artistic director and co-founder of the composers' collective Tesselat.
His music is published by Artchipel and on BabelScores.
L'invisible caresse d'un bruit fantôme
Sur la crête d'un enfer à contempler des fleurs