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 with prizes 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. In 2014, he received the Swiss Cultural Prize (VD) for his contribution in Music.
Qualified as "driven by a playful modern sensibility" by the New York Times in March 2011, Richard's music is championed by prestigious conductors such as such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Semyon Bychkov, Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Alain Altinoglu, Lionel Bringuie, as well as by soloists such as Katia & Marielle Labèque, Janine Jansen, Renaud & Gauthier Capuçon, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, among others.
IRichard has had his music performed by the New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fischer Hall in the Young People's Concerts series created by Bernstein. He also had US performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. He recently received commissions from the Verbie Festival, the Migros Kulturprozent, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He will take up other residences with the Winterthur Musikkollegium in 2016-17 and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 2017-18 for its centenary celebrations.
In 2012 Richard had his Prom debut in London with his Battlefield concerto for two pianos for Katia & Marielle Labèque, exceptionnally co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orchestre de Paris. It was premiered in 2011 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was repeated in Tokyo with the NHK Symphony in 2013.
Future projects include commissions for Kathryn Stott and the BBC Symphony, Philppe Jordan and the Opéra de Paris and performances of his works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia, Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris, Jonathan Nott and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
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 is also a double bassing, who played regularly as a chamber musician and sub with the Opéra de Paris.