- a French composer born on March 11, 1947 in Le Havre, received degrees in classical Arabic and Maghrib Arabic from the National School of Living Oriental Languages as well as a Bachelor’s degree in economic science and a degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. He entered Olivier Messiaen’s class at the Paris Conservatory in 1967, and in 1971 received a first prize in composition. The same year, he was awarded the Rome Prize and spent two years at the Villa Médicis. During his formative years, he emulated aesthetics concerned with creating comprehensive movement of masses, volumes or sonic textures: electronic music, works by Iannis Xenakis, Giacinto Scelsi and above all György Ligeti.
Tristan Murail now lives in the United States and, since 1997, is professor of composition at Columbia University