Gisèle Barreau

(born in 1948, France) composer. She grew up west of Nantes, in Brittany, and studied with Émile Leipp and Michèle Castellengo for musical acoustics at the Jussieu University. She continued her studies with Pierre Schaeffer at the Paris Conservatoire and later with Oliver Messiaen. She obtained the 1st Prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue and musical analysis and the 1st prize in musical composition in Olivier Messiaen’s class (1977). In 1977, she received a diploma in electroacoustic music from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). After completing her university studies, She obtained a teaching certificate for music. She was composer-in-residence at theMacDowell Colony in 1978 and resident at the Villa Medici from 1980-82. She worked as a professor at the Paris Conservatoire.
Selected works: Blue Rain, for 2 pianos, 2 percussions, 1998; Océanes, for orchestra, 1988; Piano-Piano, for ensemble, 1982; Little Rain; Tlaloc, for two percussionists.
Awards: Prize of the SACEM Partition teaching, for Blue Rain, 2000; Prix de composition Stéphane Chapelier-Clergue,1988; Award of the Ministry of Women's Rights, 1986; Composition Prize of the SACEM Georges Enescu, 1978; Koussevitzky Composition Prize, for Tlaloc, 1977.