Francis Dhomont

Francis Dhomont’s works are out there! They have been performed in concert in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Aarhus, Aberdeen, Aix-en-Provence, Albi, Allentsteig, Amsterdam, Angoulême, Annecy, Arc-et-Senans, Arles, Arlon, Arras, Atlanta, Austin, Avignon, Banff, Bangor, Barcelona, Bari, Basel, Bath, Beijing, Belfast, Belo Horizonte, Berkeley, Berlin, Besançon, Birmingham, Bishkek, Bogotá, Bologna, Bordeaux, Boston, Bourges, Brasília, Bratislava, Bremen, Brno, Brooklyn, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cagliari, Calgary, Camallera, Cambridge, Cardiff, Casablanca, Cedar Rapids, Chatham, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne, Copenhagen, Córdoba, Córdoba, Corfu, Cosenza, Crest, Curitiba, Dijon, Dresden, Durham, Edinburgh, Essen, Eugene, Geneva, Genoa, Ghent, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Granada, Grand Rapids, Grenoble, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Havana, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Huddersfield, Indiana, Ithaca, Jena, Karlsruhe, Kingston, Kitchener, Kobe, Kraków, L’Aquila, La Rochelle, Lanús, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Leeds, Leicester, Les Baux-de-Provence, Leuk, Linz, Lisbon, Liverpool, Lixouri, London, Los Angeles, Louvain-la-Neuve, Lugano, Lussas, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Manizales, Mar del Plata, Marseille, Matera, Medellín, Mexico City, Moissac, Monaco, Moncton, Mons, Montevideo, Montpellier, Montréal, Montreuil, Morelia, Nagoya, Nantes, Nevers, Newcastle, Nice, Nîmes, Norwich, Novi Sad, Oberlin, Odessa, Ohain, Oldenburg, Osaka, Oslo, Ottawa, Outremont, Padua, Palermo, Paris, Perpignan, Perth, Perugia, Pescara, Plan-d’Aups-Sainte-Baume, Pommiers, Porto, Prague, Pristina, Quebec City, Remedios de Escalada, Rennes, Rethymno, Rio de Janeiro, Rochester, Rome, Saignelégier, Saint Petersburg, Saint-Boniface, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, San Francisco, San José, San Sebastián, Santa Fe, Santiago, São Paulo, Scarborough, Seattle, Seia, Seoul, Sète, Seville, Sheffield, Sherbrooke, Sofia, St Catharines, St John’s, Stafford, Stanford, Stockholm, Stockton, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Szczecin, Tenerife, The Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Udine, Uppsala, Valdivia, Valencia, Valparaíso, Vancouver, Vaulx-en-Velin, Victoria, Victoriaville, Vienna, Vierzon, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Weimar, Wellington, Winnipeg and Zürich…

Francis Dhomont studied under Ginette Waldmeier, Charles Koechlin and Nadia Boulanger. In the late 40’s, in Paris (France), he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer would later call “musique concrète” and consequently conducted solitary experiments with the musical possibilities of sound recording. Later, leaving behind instrumental writing, he dedicated himself exclusively to electroacoustic composition.

An ardent proponent of acousmatics, his work (since 1963) is comprised exclusively of works for fixed media bearing witness to his continued interest in morphological interplay and ambiguities between sound and the images it may create.

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has awarded him a prestigious carreer grant. In 1999, he was awarded five first prizes for four of his recent works at international competition (Brazil, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Czech Republic). In 1997, as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, he was also supported by the DAAD for a residence in Berlin (Germany). Five-time winner at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France) — the Magisterium Prize in 1988 — and 2nd Prize at Prix Ars Electronica 1992 (Linz, Austria), he has received numerous other awards.

He is the editor of special issues published by Musiques & Recherches (Belgium) and of Électroacoustique Québec: l’essor (Québec Electroacoustics: The Expansion) — for Circuit (Montréal). Musical coeditor of the Dictionnaire des arts médiatiques (published by UQAM), he is also lecturer and has produced many radio programs for Radio-Canada and Radio-France.

In 1978-2005, he has divided his time between France and Québec, where he has taught at the Université de Montréal from 1980 to ’96. Since the fall of 2004 he lives in Avignon (France) and regularly presents his works in France and abroad. Great traveller, he participates in several juries.

He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC, 1989) and a Founding Member (1986) and Honorary Member (1989) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). In October 2007, Université de Montréal awarded him a honoris causa doctorate. He is the president of the collective Les Acousmonautes (Marseille, France) — until its dissolution in 2016 — and “Ehrenpatron” (honour patron) of the organization Klang Projekte Weimar (Germany). He is awarded the Qwartz Pierre-Schaeffer 2012 (Paris, France), Baiocco d’oro 2012 (Perugia, Italia), and the Grand prize of the Giga-Hertz-Preis 2013 (Karlsruhe, Germany). In November 2014 he becomes an Honorary Member of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM). In 2017 he becomes the Honorary President of the Festival Klang! (Montpellier, France).

He now focuses on composition and theory.


Francis Dhomont

Paris (France), 1926

Residence: Avignon (Vaucluse, France)

  • Composer
  • Writer

On the web

Francis Dhomont [Lisbon (Portugal), November 30, 2018]
Francis Dhomont [Lisbon (Portugal), November 30, 2018]



Date Work Program
May 27, 2019 Francis Dhomont, Signé Dionysos (1986, 91) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
April 15, 2019 Francis Dhomont / RD Laing, Sous le regard d’un soleil noir (1979-81, 83) Les territoires du son 13.24 / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)
January 3, 2019 Francis Dhomont, Je te salue, vieil océan! (1998, 2000-04) Amplitudes: musique concrète, électroacoustique / Radio Campus Paris (France)
December 31, 2018 Francis Dhomont, … mourir un peu (1984, 87) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
July 1, 2018 Francis Dhomont / Franz Kafka, Le cri du Choucas: La loi (2014, 15) Capsule acousmatique no 37 / Radio Douves (France)
May 10, 2018 Francis Dhomont, Forêt profonde: Les enchantements de l’imagination [The Enchantments of Imagination] (1994-96) Fantaasia / Klassikaraadio (Estonia)
April 2, 2018 Francis Dhomont, Chroniques de la lumière: Météores [Meteors] (1989, 2005) Les territoires du son 12.27 / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)
January 5, 2018 Francis Dhomont / Franz Kafka, Le cri du Choucas (2014, 15) Crack O’Dawn / KPFA 94.1 FM (USA)
December 29, 2017 Francis Dhomont, Studio de nuit (1992) Late Junction — Jonty Harrison’s Mixtape / BBC Radio 3 (UK)
December 11, 2017 Francis Dhomont, Un autre Printemps (2000) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
October 22, 2017 Francis Dhomont / Franz Kafka, Brief an den Vater (2005-06) La croche oreille / CKRL 89,1 FM (Canada)
October 22, 2017 Francis Dhomont, Premières traces du Choucas (2006) La croche oreille / CKRL 89,1 FM (Canada)

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