Bartholomée, Pierre, Belgian conductor and composer; b. Brussels, Aug. 5, 1937. He studied with Louel, Souffrian, and Stekke at the Royal Cons, in Brussels (1952–57) and privately with Pousseur and Boulez. In 1962 he founded in Brussels an instrumental ensemble, Groupe Musiques Nouvelles, which he conducted until 1977. He also was prof. of analysis at the Royal Cons, in Brussels (from 1972). In 1977 he became music director of the Liège Orch., which post he retained when it became the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège in 1980, and then the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté française de Belgique in 1983.
Chanson for Cello (1964); Cantate aux Alentours for Voices, Instruments, and Live Electronics (1966); La Ténèbre souveraine for Soloists, Double Chorus, and Orch. (1967); Tombeau de Marin for Violin, 2 Viole da Gamba, and Harpsichord (1967); Premier alentour for Flute and 2 Viole da Gamba (1967); Catalogue for 4 Harps (1968); Deuxième alentour: “Cueillir” for Mezzo-soprano, Piano, and Percussion (1969); Harmonique for Orch. (1970); Fancy I for Harp and II for Instrumental Group (1974–75; can be played together under the title Sonata quasi una fantasia); Trois pôles entrelacés for 7 Instruments (1985); Adieu for Clarinet and Piano (1987); Rumeur for Orch. (1989).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire