Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

André Ristic

The spirit that emanates from the music of André Ristic is at once lively, broad and fundamentally original. Also a pianist, accordionist and music theorist, trained in mathematics, he manipulates musical language as a virtuoso of combinatorics with, as a tool of choice, humor. A life-saving humor that reinvents the world, redefines reality so that it coincides with its desires. Catalog of Western bombs (Prix Jules-Léger 2000), for example, is structured in three parts: a statement of reality, a questioning of what happens then, a solution proposal, in this case sleep …

Born in 1972, André Ristic studied mathematics at the Université du Québec à Montréal and completed his musical studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he studied composition and piano. A theorist of music, he is interested, among other things, in the mathematical representation of sound and the programming of models, in the musical applications of signal theory and in the analytical study of musical manuscripts.

Holder of numerous prizes and grants, including the Opus Prize of the composer of the year 2001, awarded annually by the Conseil québécois de la musique, the first prize in the chamber music category at the SOCAN foundation competition in June 2001, and as the Jules Léger Prize for new chamber music in November 2000, André Ristic is also a pianist (Trio Fibonacci) and accordionist at his own time.

A very active and eclectic musician, he commissions and creates several works by composers from here and elsewhere, especially those of his generation. In his compositions, he carries out numerous researches on the digital representation of sound, in order to develop new techniques based in particular on vector geometry. André Ristic has an international career and has several recordings to his credit.