Guyonnet Jacques

Jacques Guyonnet was born in Geneva and studied literature at the university and composition and directing at the conservatory there. From 1958 until 1961 he participated at the Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. In 1959 he founded the Studio de Musique Contemporaine in Geneva and began collaborations with Pierre Boulez after 1960. From 1976 until 1981 he was the president of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). In 1976 he taught composition for electroacoustic music at the Zurich School of Music.
His early compositional work shows an influence by Pierre Boulez. In his later works, Guyonnet becomes increasingly drawn to the large symphonic form and makes attempts at new musical practices (including elements of modern popular and electronic music). Guyonnet has published several novels since 1999.