was born in 1968 in France. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he received the 1991 Jon Woolley award in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in composition. At the age of 23, he entered IRCAM, the Pierre Boulez Institut in Paris. His CD L’Invitation au voyage, released by Universal Classics, won an award at the Grand Prix des compositeurs de la Lettre du Musicien. His numerous commissions have been performed in concert, as well as radio and television broadcasts. Pierre Charvet composes mainly for traditional instruments, but his music also uses extensive new technologies.
Pierre Charvet is also well known for his educational shows treating music: He writes and hosts Presto!, a show about classical music, aired on French National Television. Presto ! attracts 4 million viewers every week. From 1994 to 2001, he taught composition at the Manhattan School of Music. He also published two books: Comment parler de musique aux enfants and Conversation avec Philippe Caubère.
He is now working on a concerto for piano, orchestra and electronics, commissioned by Les Siècles and conductor François-Xavier Roth, as well as a piece for large orchestra commissioned by Radio France.