Director of IRCAM, Frank Madlener, studied music in France and Europe and holds a Master’s degree in philosophy. He received numerous awards in piano, chamber music, analysis, harmony, and the history of music in Paris and Brussels before going on to Darmstadt and the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he perfected his art.
Laureate of the European Mozart Foundation, during the 90s he worked at the heart of New Europe in Prague, Budapest, and Krakow as well at the Opéra d’Anvers as assistant conductor. At the same époque, he created and produced a series of artistic encounters on literature and music (Philippe Sollers, Pierre Mertens, Martha Argerich). From 1998 to 2002, Madlener was the artistic director of the Ars Musica festival in Brussels and a founding member of the European network Varèse (17 countries, 21 members). He was also the artistic director the Musica festival in Strasbourg in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Since January 2006, he has been the general and artistic director of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou. As such, he launched the Sirènes CD series (Kairos) as well as the Etincelle, the journal of creation that provides a platform for artists, scientists, and thinkers of the contemporary world. Under his direction, IRCAM is now present at all major international events for creation and research, and has extended its field—the art of innovation—to performance arts, industrial relations, and the transmission of knowledge. In this spirit, he created the international festival and multidisciplinary academy ManiFeste as well as the European network dedicated to surfacing artists in 2012.