Member Profile: Benoit Granier
Born in 1974 in Nantes (France), Benoit Granier is a Professor, Composer, (ethno) Musicologist, Visual and sonic artist, Philosopher, and lifelong believer in collaborative works within the arts. After completing a Ph.D. in computer music and composition at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Beijing, China, to teach at the central conservatory of Music, and developed strong relationships between China and other countries, mainly in Europe and the USA. As a composer he was commissioned for large orchestras (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra) and for solo instruments (Patrick de Ritis, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Korean artist Gamin, flutist Orlando Cela, Les Temps Modernes in Lyon, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, American jazz musician Demetrius Spaneas...). His pieces have been performed in prestigious places such as the China National Center for Performing arts, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Washington Smithsonian museum, Harvard University, New York's Carnegie Hall, the Performing Arts Center (Tokyo), Seoul National University, Espacio Cultural el tanque (Spain), Bourges International Electronic Music and Arts Festival, Strasbourg International Saxophone Festival Congress. Benoit Granier is currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Director at the School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University.