Jean-François Charles

Jean-François Charles is a composer, clarinetist, and live electronics designer. After obtaining a MSc in Electrical Engineering at the National Institute for Applied Sciences in Lyon, he studied in Strasbourg with the Italian composer Ivan Fedele. As a clarinetist, he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen for the world première and recording of Rechter Augenbrauentanz. He earned his Ph.D. in music/composition at Harvard, where he studied with Hans Tutschku, Chaya Czernowin, Julian Anderson, Michael Gandolfi, Helmut Lachenmann, and Gunther Schuller. He has collaborated with musicians for creations in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, and China. He joined in 2016 the School of Music at the University of Iowa as Assistant Professor in Composition and Digital Arts, and as a member of the Public Digital Arts cluster. His recent research interests include the creation of new musical instruments, at the crossroads of acoustics and electronics. He has been composing a chamber opera that will be premiered in April 2019 by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.

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