Founded in 1970 on the initiative of Henri Pousseur and Pierre Bartholomée, the Centre Henri Pousseur (formerly “Centre de Recherches et de Formation musicales de Wallonie”) has played a pioneering role and has been involved since its creation in the production and dissemination of works of electronic music and, in particular, mixed music.
A place of experimentation, exchange and contemporary achievements, the Centre Henri Pousseur hosts projects by artists from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, as well as from other regions of the country and abroad.
Several commissions are launched each year by the Centre to composers from the Federation and abroad. Since 2009, he has awarded the Henri Pousseur Prize every two years to a young laureate of a Conservatory of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Through its own projects, such as the “Images Sonores” Festival, the Centre supports the dissemination of creations made in its studios, without neglecting the repertoire.
The activities of the Centre Henri Pousseur are carried out with the help of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Directorate-General for Culture, Music Department).
The Centre Henri Pousseur offers technical support to performers (soloists, ensembles, orchestras) and composers for concerts including mixed works (instruments and electronics).
The Centre Henri Pousseur can provide brief individual training (Max/MSP or other software and techniques it uses).
The Centre can provide technical support to composers who would like to benefit from software and hardware to develop the electronic aspects of their music.
Stijn Boeve has been Executive Director of the Centre Henri Pousseur since 2015. After his studies at the Conservatories of Brussels, Antwerp and Saarbrücken, he was second soloist and principal flute at the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra until 2006. After further studies at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven, he became Deputy Director of the Ars Musica festival in Brussels, and then worked as music programming officer at the Theater aan het Vrijthof (Maastricht, The Netherlands) and coordinator of the Musica Sacra Maastricht festival, until 2014. He also holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Archaeology Sciences.
Gilles Doneux has been working since 2016 as a director in computer music at the Centre Henri Pousseur. In 2010 he obtained a master’s degree in composition at the Conservatoire de Mons in the class of Claude Ledoux, and in 2011 a master’s degree in classical writing in the class of Jean-Pierre Deleuze. There are also courses in applied music (film music, theatre,… ) with Denis Pousseur and Jean-Luc Fafchamps. Particularly interested in so-called “mixed” music, he completed his training at the University of Paris VIII as well as at the University of Montreal. His research focuses on the interaction between instrumental and electroacoustic writing. Passionate about the transmission of his passion, Gilles is a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Liège.
Trained as a computer scientist at the University of Liège, Patrick Delges has been part of the Team of the Centre Henri Pousseur since 2000.
Trained as a sound engineer at the IAD (Louvain-La-Neuve), and with a great experience of accompanying creators in the realization and dissemination of their works in terms of sound spatialization, control programming or video editing, Xavier Meeùs joined the team of the Centre Henri Pousseur in 2018. As a sound engineer and director in computer music, he has realized many projects in Charleroi-Danses, in particular as a stage manager of Thierry De Mey.
Several commissions are launched each year by the Centre Henri Pousseur to composers from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and abroad. They have a composition grant and also allow composers to come and work on their creations at the Centre.
Every year, the Centre Henri Pousseur presents its Festival Images Sonores, dedicated to mixed music, the sound universe where acoustic sounds enter into an exciting dialogue with their electronic extension. During this festival, several concerts and presentations, resulting from the activities carried out by the Centre Henri Pousseur in the fields of educational research, are offered in Liège, Brussels and other cities of the Federation. Cultural houses and surprising places form the stage for a wide spectrum of musical creations, performances and transdisciplinary encounters, allowing a wide audience to participate in a relaxed and open way in today’s artistic expression.
Since 2009, the Henri Pousseur Prize has been awarded every two years and rewards a young laureate of a Conservatory of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. With a composition grant, the Prize consists of the commissioning of a new mixed work. For this, the winner has the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the technical team of the Centre Henri Pousseur, which also ensures the creation of the work.