Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, France), 1968

In the world of new French music, Régis Campo is often considered a playful composer. His work is imbued with rhythmic energy, liveliness, prominent melodies and the type of humorous devices found in French composers such as Janequin, Rameau, Couperin, Satie and Ravel. Following studies in theory and composition, notably with Georges Boeuf at the Marseille conservatory, as well as philosophy at the arts faculty in Aix-en-Provence, Campo continued his training at the Paris conservatory with Gérard Grisey, where he earned his Premier Prix in composition in 1995. In Paris he also encountered major independent composers such as Edison Denisov and Henri Dutilleux. Campo has since received a number of prizes for his work. With over 160 works to his credit, his music is performed throughout the world. In February of 2008, Campo’s orchestration of Érik Satie’s Sports et divertissements was premiered by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Kent Nagano.