A chosen Messiaen disciple has died

We have received news of the death today of the Hanoi-born French composer Nguyen Thien Dao, a favourite pupil of Olivier Messiaen’s,

He was 75.

Arriving in France as a boy of 15, Dao won first prize in composition in 1967 at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, followed by the Olivier Messiaen prize in 1974.

His works include an opera My Châu-Trong Thuy and an opera-oratorio, Les enfants d’Izieu.

dao messiaen

photo source: Jeff von der Schmidt

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