Valréas (Vaucluse, France), 1972
Composer • Performer (piano, sampler)

Samuel Sighicelli began his music studies with piano and continued his musical education by studying instrumental composition, notably with Gérard Grisey, electroacoustic composition and improvisation. In 1998 he was awarded a First Prize by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in composition (instrumental and electronic) and generative improvisation. In 2003 he was also awarded the Prix Hervé Dugardin by the Sacem This same year composer in residence at the Villa Médicis.

Sighicelli has received commissions from the Musiques en Scène Biennial (Lyon) the Orchestre national de Montpellier, Radio France, the French Ministry of Culture, La Muse en Circuit, as well as Ina-GRM. His works have also been performed by numerous ensembles including La Note Brève, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ictus Ensemble, The Arditti Quartet, Court-Circuit and Les Percussions de Strasbourg.

In 2012-2015 he was composer in residence at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins (Lyon) in 2017-2019 at the Espace Malraux — scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, and at Bonlieu — scène nationale Annecy. In 2014-2018 he was associate composer at the Conservatoires à Rayonnement Régional d’Annecy et de Chambéry.

Sighicelli sees his activity as revolving around three axles: as a composer, through collaborative work and in stage creation. In 2004, he co-founded the experimental rock group Caravaggio, in which he regularly performs in France and abroad. The group has recorded four albums. In 2000 he founded the Sphota cooperative with Benjamin de la Fuente, which mounted seven multidisciplinary shows that were presented at several festivals, including Musica, Tage für Neue Musik, Traiettorie, Agora and the Berliner Festspiele. Sighicelli is thus confronted with performances of scenic projects, giving him the opportunity to extend his role as a composer to the staging, coinciding with his interest in image, dance and new technologies. These projects include Critical Phase (2018), Spirale (2017), Chant d’hiver (2015), L’île solaire (2009), and Marée noire (2005). The shows reflect a musical relationship with the image, notably through the use of visual and sound archives.

Samuel Sighicelli’s works are published by Henry Lemoine.