Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône, France), 1952

Born in Salon-de-Provence, Robert Pascal received early musical training in violin. Alongside studies in science, he continued his musical education, mainly at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) in Créteil, in chamber music, violin, writing techniques, analysis and conducting. Pascal sang for many years in the Stéphane Caillat choir and his interest in Medieval and Renaissance music led him and several of his friends to found an ensemble dedicated to this repertoire. He later enrolled at the national conservatory in Lyon where he earned a degree in music. There he benefited enormously from the teachings of composer Raffi Ourgandjian and studied ethnomusicology with Yvette Grimaud. His music continues to be deeply marked by his encounters with these two musicians. Pascal currently serves as composition professor at the national conservatory in Lyon where he also spent many years teaching twentieth-century analysis and basic science for new technologies in addition to working as artistic director for the Atelier du XXe Siècle. He is part of Grame’s team of composers, and with his colleagues has completed a number of mixed works with real-time electronic treatment.