Cyrille LEHN, composer

Tarentelle à Kreutzer (for accordion and string quintet)
a piece freely inspired by Beethoven’s “à Kreutzer” Sonata

« Beethoven has written several sonata movements to the rhythm of Tarentella: this Italian dance in fact irrigates all of the scholarly music of the 19th century … This piece with a lively tempo suggests an accordion with eminently popular colors, and a string quintet that rivals of virtuosity. A crazy round, in a way, where everyone is carried towards joy and intoxication.»

Cyrille Lehn

Cyrille Lehn in a few lines…

Pianist, composer and improviser, Cyrille Lehn studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, with Jean-Claude Raynaud, Thierry Escaich and Jean-François Zygel. His affinities with jazz also led him to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

He composes for orchestra : Narcisse et Goldmund, based on the novel by Hermann Hesse, commissioned by the OPPB, Sous les nuages, la lune, commissioned by the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie; as well as for various chamber music band (Eric Lesage & Franck Braley, Odile & Claude Delangle, the Debussy quartet…). He also wrote, in collaboration with Smaïn, the music for three children’s stories.

His interest in Jewish and Gypsy music led him to arrange the repertoire of the Sirba Octet, of which five discs have been published: A yiddishe Mame, Du Shtetl à New York, Yiddish Rhapsody, Tantz !, Sirba Orchestra.

Passionate about the art of improvisation, which he likes to mix with the classical repertoire as well as with other disciplines, he regularly works with lyric and song singers (Hélène Delavault, Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, Jean- Philippe Lafont, Anne Sylvestre, Serge Hureau …), dancers (Philippe Decouflé), and musicians from various backgrounds. It also accompanies silent films (Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, etc.).

Cyrille Lehn is professor of harmony and arrangement at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.