Tabachnik, Michel Swiss conductor and composer; b. Geneva, Nov. 10, 1942. He received training in piano, composition, and conducting at the Geneva Cons. After attending the summer courses in new music given by Pousseur, Stockhausen, and Boulez in Darmstadt (1964), he served as assistant to Boulez in Basel. He was conductor of the Gulbenkian Foundation Orch. in Lisbon (1973-75), the Lorraine Phil. in Metz (1975-81), and the Ensemble Européen de Musique Contemporaine in Paris (1976-77). As a guest conductor, he appeared with principal orchs. of the world. He became particularly known for his interpretations of contemporary music. His compositions followed along advanced lines.
dramatic: Operai Légende de Haïsha (Paris, Nov. 1989). ORCH.: Supernova for 16 Instruments (1967); Fresque for 33 Instruments (1969); Invention à 16 voix for 12 Instruments (1972); Mondes for 2 Orchs. (1972); Sillages for Strings (1972); Movimenti (1973); Les Imaginaires (1974); Les Perseides (1975); Cosmogonie pour une rose (1979-81); Piano Concerto (1989); Le Cri de Mohim (1990);Evocation (1992). CHAMBER: D’autres Sillages for 8 Percussion and Tape (1972); Argile for 4 Percussion (1974). VOCAL: l’arch for Soprano and Chamber Orch. (1982); Le Pacte des Onze for Soloists, Choruses, Orch., and Tape (1983).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire