David Hudry is a French composer who is interested in the exploration of dramaturgy using heterogeneous musical characters. Inspired by the graphic arts, especially by Klee and Kandinsky, his music articulates figures and gestures that create tension and lends a visual aspect to the sonic material. He attaches great importance to harmony and its ability to act directly on our senses and emotions; both rigorous and filled with a fully assumed lyricism, his music echoes his personality and shows an inner expressivity favouring conflicts and breaks.
While at the “Conservatoire de Montpellier”, he also pursued Musicology at the University Paul Valery (Montpellier) and obtained his Master's-level teaching certification “Agrégation” in musicology in 2002. In 2008, he completed his “Diplôme de Formation Supérieure” in Composition and New Technologies with honours at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris” under the guidance of E. Nunes, S. Gervasoni (composition) and L. Naon (electro-acoustics). In 2006, he was selected for the yearlong Ircam program of composition and new technologies.
David Hudry was awarded the Meyer Foundation bursary (2006), Pierre Cardin Prize (Institut de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts, 2012), Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert Prize (Sacem 2015), and the Ernst von Siemens Fondation’s Young Composers Prize (2016).
Especially sensitive to the relation between instrumental writing and its extensive deployments in electronics, David Hudry researches very early on, a form of vigorous interaction between the performer and the machine - an axis of his compositional output. He participated in the Cursus for composition and new technologies at Ircam (2006) in which he explored different tools for computer-aided compositions to deepen his reflections on aesthetics tied to new technologies. His musical productions attest to the interest that he devotes to new technologies, not only as a mode of production of new sounds but also as a real conception tool for composition.
He has received support from numerous festivals and ensembles for his creations, among them Festival Extension, Les Musiques (GMEM), Musica, Musiques démesurées Clermont-Ferrand, Archipel, June in Buffalo, BW Ensemble-Akademie, Montréal Nouvelles Musiques, Musique Electronique/Musique Mixte (Centre Henri Pousseur), Vale of Glamorgan, Sound Aberdeen ; Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, ensemble recherche, Freiburger Barockorchester, quatuor Arditti, quatuor Tana, Multilatérale, Ars Nova, Ensemble Linea, Octandre (Londres), Konvergence (Prague).
His music is often nourished and founded upon the special relationship he has with interpreters who accompanied him in achieving his musical ideas: P. Strauch, E-M. Couturier and A. Billard (Ensemble intercontemporain), C. Desjardins, Lorelei Dowling (Klangforum Wien), S. Ballon, L. Bord, L. Gaggero et L. Camatte.