Claire Schapira

French composer (b. 1946) studied piano, harpsichord and composition. She was a resident at the Villa Médicis in Rome and an intern at Ircam, and received a grant from the French Ministry of Culture in 1985 to write an opera, La Partition de sable. The majority of her work is dedicated to the lyrical genre and her principal works include: Trames, Vagues, Ténèbres, Fragments insolites, Le Ciel de mes yeux en pleurs, Acheminement, Mémorial, Requiem pour la paix (commissioned by Radio France); Rumeur, Chant cousu, La Chaîne (commissioned and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain); several works for the Villa Médicis Festival; Regards (National Orchestra of the RAI); In pace, Interjections II (Festival estival de Paris); Contes (Musica and the Salzburg Festival); Hymne à la paix, Antigone, Sans craindre le vertige et le vent, Chants mêlés, Sysiphe, Cassandre, Stabat Mater (with the support of the Beaumarchais Foundation); and L'Ombre de Cassandre for the opera.