Melancholy in Paris: Roger Boutry died

Roger Boutry was composer, pianist, conductor and winner of the “Grand Prix de Rome”.

Roger Boutry was a composer, pianist and conductor. The hundred compositions by Boutry published, performed and recorded worldwide are winners of the Grand Prix de Rome and other awards.

Composer, conductor and pianist Roger Boutry (Photo: Roger Boutry)

Boutry conducted the renowned “Orchestres de la Garde Républicaine” for over twenty years and performed with orchestras all over the world. The celebrated pianist Boutry was honoured at the first Tchaikovsky Competition together with Van Cliburn and has continued his active career. In addition to his artistic activities, Boutry was Professor of Harmony at the Conservatory for over thirty-five years.

Boutry’s career reflects the end of the conservatory’s tradition. From 1795 until the student riots of the mid-1960s, the educational traditions of the Conservatory remained largely unchanged. Having completed his education before the transition and subsequently taught under the revised curriculum, Boutry is one of the few remaining links to the previous era.

His diverse activities and his unique place in the history of music as well as his exceptional compositional voice make Boutry an ideal theme for performance and research. This virtually untouched resource deserves attention and has a strong potential to benefit musicians of all disciplines.

Arrangements and compositions for wind orchestra, for symphony orchestra, for ensembles, for soloists

CD recordings by and with Roger Boutry

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