RICHARD DUBUGNON was born in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1968 and has both Swiss and French nationalities. He started music at the age of 20 after reading History in
Montpellier (France) and was accepted in 1992 at the Paris Conservatoire, where he graduated in Double Bass, Counterpoint and Fugue. Richard also studied Composition at
the Royal Academy of Music in London with Paul Patterson, from which he graduated in 1997 with a DipRAM and a Mmus degree of Composition, before becoming a Composition
Fellow there in 1998. When he returned to France in 2002, he became the recipient of the Pierre Cardin Prize from the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Qualified as "driven by a playful modern sensibility" by the New York Times in March 2011, Richard's music is currently championed by prestigious artists such as Janine Jansen who premiered his Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in December 2008, just after performing his Piano Quartet at the Berlin Philharmonie. She recently recorded three pieces that Richard wrote for her new CD Beau Soir (DECCA) which instantly reached Gold status when it was released in the Netherlands in 2010.
It's only recently that Richard has started to be known in his birth country, with two
commissions from Verbier Festival (2011-13), his Tonhalle début in Novembre 2012 and
residences in 2013-14 with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchestre de la
Suisse Romande in 2018, for the 100 years celebrations of the orchestra.
In November 2011, the L.A. Philharmonic conducted by Semyon Bychkov gave the World
Premiere of Richard's Battlefield concerto for two pianos and orchestra, written for Katia
& Marielle Labèque. This concerto was exceptionnally co-commissioned by the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and
Orchestre de Paris.
In 2008, Richard had his New York Philharmonic debut at the Avery Fischer Hall in the
Young People's Concerts series created by Leonard Bernstein, in a concert on Ravel and
French composers, conducted by David Delta Gier. In the Summer 2010, Richard was
accepted for residencies at Yaddo (NY) and the Mac Dowell Colony (NH).
In 2007-08 Richard was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre National de
Montpellier (France) where he completed his 77mn orchestra work Arcanes
Symphoniques, based on Tarot cards. A CD of this work was released by Universal in
November 2008. This recording won the Grand Prix Lyceen in April 2009, with the votes
of over 400 schools in France. The American premiere of this work was given to great
acclaim by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, in January
2004. Other conductors and presitigious soloists regularly perform Richard's music
throughout the World.
Richard has been involved with many educational projects in the U.K., the U.S. and
France and has several years experience of teaching Composition, in places such as the
Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School in London. He has created successful
creative projects for children with difficulties and no access to musical education. He is
also a fine double bass player who has been playing sub with the Opéra de Paris
orchestra since 2003 and who is often sought after as a chamber musician.