was born July 16th, 1961 in Limoges ( France).
After classical music studies at the National
Conservatory of Strasbourg ( piano,
violin, music history, and analysis), he is
introduced by Jean Batigne, Director
and Founder of the Percussions de Strasbourg, to the world of
percussion, particularly in contemporary and improvised music.
After studying percussion, he specializes in keyboards percussions†:
vibraphone and marimba.
1981, he has been active both as componist and a performer.
Together with saxophonist Philippe
, he founded the NOCO MUSIC
ensemble. Their album, Saxophone et Percussions
won the European Audio-Visual Grand Prix
awarded by the Academie du Disque Français
To date, he has premiered over one hundred works by Donati,
Dillon, Manoury, Aperghis, Fedele, Mâche, Pesson, Toeplitz,
including concertos, chamber music and
has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Luxembourg
Philharmonic Orchestra with which he recorded the Concerto
for Marimba and Orchestra by Camille Kerger.
In 1996, he created Séance,
by James Wood, for Soprano, Vibra-Midi
and the New London Chamber Choir.
His very innovative use of the vibra-midi opened new instrumental
As a soloist or with the ensemble Accroche-Note,
Emmanuel Séjourné has performed in numerous festivals
: Zurich, Archipel Genève, Ars
Musica, Musica Strasbourg, Huddersfield, Ultima Oslo, the Zagreb
Biennale, the Venice Biennale.. and for concert broadcasts
by Radio France, BBC, WDR, RTA, Norwegian
He has recorded for various labels, including Montaigne,
Accord, Una Corda, Musifrance Erato and for the MFP
Berlin jazz label. His next CD, soon to be released by
Biber Records, includes an original work by Steve
Reich, “Electric Counterpoint
Emmanuel Sejourne plays
Adams Vibes and Marimba.
| Fascinated by the relations
between music and other performing arts, M. Séjourné
started composing stage music as early as 1984. He has written
pieces for the Théâtre des
Drapiers, the Wallgraben Theater
( Germany), the MAL/TJP Company,
with which he won the prize for Best Stage
Music at the Festival d’Avignon
off in 1985 for the show La Légende
Des Siècles, inspired by Victor
Hugo’s work. In 1988, on the occasion of the Bimillenium
of the City of Strasbourg, he composed the music for Les
Envahisseurs for the Ballet du Rhin.
He also collaborated to musical pieces for France-Culture
and for TV channels, including ARD, ZDF
Acclaimed by members of the percussion
community, his works have been played by Bob
Van Sice, Nancy Zeltsman, Marta Klimasara, Katarzyna Mycka,
Jean Geoffroy, the Amsterdam Percussion Group, Drumming
passion for the stage has led him to write and compose
Planète Claviers for the Percussions
Claviers de Lyons, a piece commissioned for the Festival
Gramme, directed by Nicolas Ramond. This wild and unusual
show has been performed over 120 times between 1998 and 2001.
His Concerto for
Vibra and Strings Orchestra composed in 1999, was created
by the Orchestre d’Auvergne
and performed later by the Luxembourg
Philharmonic, the Orchestre de
la Garde Républicaine, the Kalisz
Orchestra, The Kozsalin Philharmonic
(Poland) and the Novosibirsk Orchestra
Eager to bring together improvised, contemporary
and popular music, he wrote Famim in
2001, for the famous jazz pianist Michael
Borstslap and the Amsterdam Percussion
In 2002, he composed a Concerto
for Three Percussionnists and Harmony (a commission from
Adim for the Harmonie of Héricourt),
which has since then been performed by the Orchestra of La Coruna
( Spain) and the Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig. Always fond
of blending various genres, he composed the music for the fireworks
for the National Celebration of Luxembourg
in 2002. On a request from American
percussionists Gary Cook and John
Pennington, he wrote Book of Gemmes,
a piece for mixed choir and two percussionists, created on November
20th 2003 in Louisville, USA.
to share and communicate his passion, Emmanuel
Séjourné is also Head of the Percussions
Department of the Strasbourg Conservatory, in charge of pedagogy.
He teaches a class of keyboard percussions, the only advanced
level course in this field in France.
He is the author of a vibraphone method (Editions
Leduc) and of several pieces for percussion (Edition
Lemoine, Honeyrock, Combre, Zimmermann, Alfonce Percussions).
He was nominated Pedagogic Adviser
to the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs, for the preparation
of the 94/95 Teaching Certificate. His Master Classes are extremely
sucessful in every major music conservatories in
Europe, Asia an the
is often invited to sit on jurys
for numerous international competitions (Interpretation
competitions of Geneva, Luxembourg Percussion Competition, Marimba
International Japan Competition…)
is currently composing a work for the Taiwanese Ju
Percussion Group (to be premiered on March 28th, 2004 in
Taiwan) as well as a musical comedy
commissioned by the Théâtre National
du Luxembourg (opening in 2005).