Ramon Lazkano (b. in 1968, Donostia-San Sebastián) studied composition in San Sebastian, Paris and Montreal. He received the 1st Prize of Composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris and a DEA degree in 20th Century Music and Musicology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He was awarded with the Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation Prize and the Georges Bizet Prize by the French Academy of Fine Arts. He was resident composer for the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, for the Ensemble 2e2m and at the Strasbourg Musica Festival.
His residence in Rome (at the Royal Academy of Spain and at the Academy of France Villa Medici) allowed him to carry out a reflection on composition and its meaning, focusing mainly on intertextuality and the experience of sound, all of which giving birth to pieces as emblematic as Ilunkor (commissioned by the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa), Hauskor (a commission of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid) andOrtzi Isilak (commissioned by the Orquesta Nacional de España). In 2012, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester conducted by Peter Eötvös played Ilunkor in the Munich Musica Viva series and in 2014 the Venice Biennale presented Ortzi Isilak with Shizuyo Oka and the Basque National Orchestra conducted by José Ramon Encinar. Kairos Music published a monography cd with these three major orchestral works (Ilunkor, Ortzi Isilak, Hauskor).
Between 2001 and 2011, Ramon Lazkano worked on Igeltsoen Laborategia (Chalk Laboratory), a large collection of chamber music pieces divided into various cycles, which echo sculptor Jorge Oteiza’s „experimental laboratory” and more particularly the concept of chalk as a matter of inscription, erosion and memory linked to childhood; the aesthetic purpose of the Laboratory led to Mugarri, commissioned by the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra. The pieces of the Laboratory were premiered in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, France and Spain; the ensemble recherche in Frankfurt, Ensemble 2e2m in Paris, Ars Musica in Brussels and the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles programmed portrait-concerts of the Laboratory, and two cds were recorded by the ensembles recherche and Smash.
After the Laboratory, his works pay a new attention to architecture and duration, as the Lurralde (Territory) string quartet, written for the Quatuor Diotima, and the diptych with Edmond Jabès’s poems taken from his book La mémoire et la main: the first part, Main Surplombe, premiered in March 2013 at Ars Musica Brussels and Ceux à Qui, premiered by the Neue Vocalsolisten and the Ensemble L’Instant Donné at the Éclat Festival in Stuttgart in February 2015. The Ensemble Musikfabrik conducted by Peter Rundel premiered Erlantz, commissioned by the Siemens Foundation and the Goethe Institut, in June 2015.
In 2016, the Festival d’Automne à Paris offered a portrait in three concerts, including the commission and the premiere of Ravel (Scènes), as well as extracts from the Laboratory of Chalks by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher. In 2017, Présences Radio France offered three concerts which included the premiere of Etze by the Quatuor Diotima and the Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo presented Hondar, his last orchestra work, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice conducted by Pierre-André Valade.
Ramon Lazkano currently teaches at the Higher Academy of Music of the Basque Country „Musikene”.
photo by Olivier Roller