François Sarhan

FS (b. September 30, 1972, Rouen). French composer of stage, chamber, choral, electronic and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Africa, America and Europe.


He studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury and Tristan Murail. In addition, he studied analysis, aesthetics, cello, conducting, and harmony and counterpoint with various teachers, and followed during three years the seminars of compared poetics by Jacques Roubaud in Ecole des Hautes Etudes (Paris, 1999-2002).

He graduated in composition at the Conservatoire National de Paris(1995) and attended a composition seminar in Szombathely (Hungary) with Brian Ferneyhoughand Marco Stroppa (1996-97) on SACEM grants and a course on composition and computers at IRCAM(1997-98). He then graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in analysis (1999) and composition (2000).

He has attended many festivals, including Musica (Strasbourg), Donaueschingen Musik Tage, Wittener Musik Tagen, Ars Musica (Brussels), Berliner Festspiele, Ultima Festival, Holland Festival, Maerzmusik (Berlin), etc. He also composed a chamber opera for the Aix-en-Provence Lyrical Art Festival (july 2003), and released two monographic CDs : hell (a small detail), 2003, and POP-UP (2012).

Numerous French soloists, including Nicolas Dautricourt, Céline Frisch, François Salque, Alexandre Tharaud, Dimitri Vassilakis, Vanessa Wagner, Diotima Quartet have performed his works. Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble Recherche, Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radiofrance, among others, have performed his works as well.

Mr. Sarhan has taught at IRCAM between 1998 and 2002, and at Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg since 1999. He wrote an History of Music (published in 2002 by Flammarion, Paris), and is the initiator of the artistic collective CRWTH, which is active in the performance of multimedia projects since 2000.

He is also a visual artist, encyclopedist in a surrealistic way, and makes his own shows as a performer and stage director.

He recently collaborated with South African artist William Kentridge on a show called Telegrams from the Nose, presented more than 30 times all over Europe.

He started directing himself his own productions in 2008, and lastly made a King Lear, chamber opera, as composer, stage director and film maker.

He opened his first exhibitions in Johannesburg, in Paris (september 2012), and in Prague (december 2012), initiating a new aspect of his art, with videos, collages and artist books. these axhibitions were followed by a large scale presentation of his work in Chateau Chambord, (France), with an exhibition running from april till september 2014, gathering more than 200 000 visitors.

His recent projects include a movie and a show produced by LOD, in Ghent, a compilation of the texts from his Encyclopedia, and a series of instrumental music works.

He is currently working on a 12 hours music project, a night of music, where the audience is invited to come and sleep. This show will be premered in Denmark in 2015.