The Henri Pousseur Prize

Awarded every two years, the Henri Pousseur Prize rewards a young laureate of a Conservatory of the French Community Wallonia Brussels.


The winners of the Henri Pousseur Prize:

Gilles Doneux – Winner of the 2009-2010 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: SecondLife Symphony for cello and electronics

After learning various instruments, Gilles Doneux turned to composition and entered, in 2005, the Royal Conservatory of Mons. He obtained in 2010 a master’s degree in composition 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 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 and has been working since 2016 as a director in computer music at the Centre Henri Pousseur.He is also a member of the LAPS ensemble.

As a composer, he has received commissions from the ensembles Musiques Nouvelles, Nikel, Orchestre Royal de chambre de Wallonie, Maitrise de la Loire, the Ars Musica festival and the Musicalta festival (Alsace).

Gaëlle Hyernaux  – Winner of the 2011-2012 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Through Y Ring for string quartet and electronics

Graduated in guitar at the IMEP (Namur) in the class of Maria-Nieves Mohino, Gaëlle Hyernaux began in 2005 composition studies at the Royal Conservatory of Liège in the class of Michel Fourgon (Gilles Gobert for mixed music).

Gaëlle regularly collaborates with composer Sarah Wéry; since 2011, their joint works are signed Georges Elpenor. His various meetings have also led him to work with the Nahandove ensemble, the Tana quartet, the Cergy-Pontoise Studio Orchestra, the Agrémens, the CAV&MA, the Musiques Nouvelles ensemble, Patrick Baton, Alain Pire, Izumi Okubo, Jean-Pierre Peuvion, Vincent Royer,…

Gaëlle received the André Souris Prize in 2008 and the Pousseur Prize in 2011. She is a guitar teacher at the Conservatory of Verviers, at the Academy of Grez-Doiceau and is the assistant in the guitar class of Maria-Nieves Mohino at the IMEP.

Pierre Slinckx – Winner of the 2013-2014 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Beats for string quartet and electronics

Pierre Slinckx studied composition and in-depth writing at ARTS2, notably with Claude Ledoux, Jean-Pierre Deleuze, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Gilles Gobert and Denis Pousseur. It is also aggregated in writings.

As a composer, he is regularly solicited by ensembles such as Musiques Nouvelles, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, TANA, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Sturm und Klang and Fractales, who commission instrumental and mixed works from him. Winner of the Henri Pousseur Prize 2013 and the André Souris Prize 2015 which reward promising young composers, he is a member of the LAPS ensemble as a composer and laptop performer.

In addition to concert music, he also composed soundtracks. Thus, the animated short films “Maintenant il faut grandir” (2012) and “Deep Space” (2014) made in collaboration with Bruno Tondeur have been selected and awarded at many international festivals. He is co-founder of the non-profit association SMOG, which organizes monthly concerts in Brussels.

He teaches writing at ARTS2 and classical and electric guitar at the asbl Cap sur la Musique.

Guillaume Auvray  – Winner of the 2015-2016 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Fixor for violin, piano and electronics

Guillaume Auvray was born in 1990. He studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Liège with Michel Fourgon as well as conducting in the class of Patrick Baton. At the Maastricht Conservatory, he studied conducting contemporary music ensembles with Robert Platz.

In 2008 he founded the SOFYA Orchestra and Choirs. In 2010, the Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste de Wavre appointed him titular Organist-Cantor. In 2014, he was appointed, for a period of two years, artistic director of the Jean-Noël Hamal Orchestra in Liège as well as principal conductor of the Ensemble Chaves (Netherlands).

Winner of the ARIAM Prize at the Boulogne-Billancourt International Composition Competition in 2013, the Orchestre de la Grande Région commissioned him, the following year, his 1st Concerto for cello and orchestra, Der Kreis.

In 2015, Guillaume Auvray won the first session of Ça Balance Classique with his work Le Ruisseau for ensemble and live electronics.

François Couvreur: Winner of the 2017-2018 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Trash TV Dance for cello and electronics

Composer, classical and electric guitarist, chamber musician and improviser, François Couvreur was born in Brussels in 1992 and trained at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, notably with Michel Fourgon, Jean-Yves Colmant, Gilles Gobert, Hughes Kolp and Adrien Brogna.

He writes and collaborates with the Ensemble Hopper of which he is the guitarist and constituent member, the Ensemble 88 (Holland), Musiques Nouvelles, the Ensemble Ukho (Kiev, Ukraine), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, or with the Ensemble Dodéka.His works have been programmed in festivals such as the Loop Festival, Images Sonores, the Festival Échanges et créations (Mons and Liège), Ars Musica and at other concerts on various occasions. His piece “A soffio solo”, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, was premiered in May 2015 under the baton of Christian Arming, and rescheduled the same year. François Couvreur is the winner of the Ça Balance Classique 2017 competition, the Henri Pousseur Prize 2018 and finalist of the Cita di Udine international composition competition (Italy) in 2016. His music is recorded on the compilation “Ça balance 2017” and on “New sounds of guitar(s)”

François Couvreur is also active as an instrumentalist and frequently performs in concert, alone or in various formations, in a very diverse repertoire (chamber music, improvisation, classical guitar repertoire, creations and current music), in Belgium and abroad.

Eliott Delafosse – Winner of the 2017-2018 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Trois études de musique mixte for piano, cello and electronics

The composer and sound artist Eliott Delafosse graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Mons (ARTS2)in composition, where he studied in the classes of Claude Ledoux, dedicated to contemporary music, and Denis Pousseur and Jean-Luc Fafchamps, specialized in the relationship between music and image in the fields of cinema, theatre or video games (Musiques Appliquées et Interactives). He also had the opportunity to take courses with Jean-Luc Plouvier, Christophe Guiraud, Arnould Massart and Jean-Marie Rens during masterclasses or seminars. Particularly interested in the interactions between electroacoustics and instrumental music, as well as the ambiguity that exists at their border, his experience in the field of electronic music feeds his acoustic work, and vice versa.

His music has been performed by ensembles such as David Cohen & Brexchange Cello Ensemble in London, Ex Novo Ensemble as part of the MusMa (Belgium, Italy, Poland, Sweden), Ensemble 21, Musiques Nouvelles, Sturm Und Klang, or the LAPS and Fractals ensembles. He has written for the Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen and for Spectra, as part of the Ars Musica festival in collaboration with Joris Blanckaert.
His music in the image includes soundtracks of short films of The Gobelins (Out of the Water), Méliès (Agent Smith – The Ghosts of the Past), or the IAD, a collaboration with a dancer of Buto in Kyoto, an original music for a creation of the director Sylvie Landuyt at the KVS (DYWPWM). Two independent short films, Mithra (Cécile Ibarra) and Un peu de Lumière (Joël Durant), will be released soon.

Alithéa Ripoll – Winner of the 2019-2020 edition

Work produced as part of the Prize: Cherche un peu, musical theatre for (contra)bass clarinet, percussion, singing and electronics

Born in 1990, Alithéa Ripoll was accepted into Michel Fourgon’s composition class at the Royal Conservatory of Liège at the age of 17. She obtained a didactic Master’s degree in 2014 with great distinction and in turn taught there as an assistant lecturer. In 2017, she joined the Centre d’Art Vocal & de Musique Ancienne de Namur (CAV&MA) as an educational manager. Currently, she is starting a PhD in composition and sound creation at UdeM (Montreal, QC) with Ana Sokolović.

It has been performed in the framework of several festivals such as Images Sonores (Liège), Klanken Festival (Maastricht), Ars Musica (Brussels), Loop (Brussels), 2 Visages de la Musique Électroacoustique (Brussels), Smetana Festival (Plzen, Czech Republic), Mons 2015, the Semaine de la Francophonie 2016 (Radio France – Paris), Musica Polonica Nova (Wroclaw, Poland), the Festival Émulation 2017 (Liège), the BIP [off] 2018 (Liège), Belgian Music Days (Leuven) 2018, Festival Internacional de Musica Contemporánea UC (Santiago, Chile) 2018.

In 2015, she received a commission from Radio France asking her to compose and write for the orchestra of young French high school students from around the world and for a choir of a French college as part of the Semaine de la Francophonie. She received the André Souris Prize [Loop 2015 – prix de la Sabam] and composed for the occasion a piece created as part of Attention! Fresh music (Flagey) in 2017.

Fueled by interdisciplinarity, she develops various projects in collaboration with actors, actors, directors, visual artists, poets, and of course musicians. Nearly fifty compositions performed are the result of collaborations with ensembles such as Musiques Nouvelles, Quatuor TANA, Open Slide, Laps, Hopper, Paramirabo, Sepia, with choirs such as the Chœur de Chambre de Namur, with soloists such as Vincent Royer, Thérèse Malengreau, with troupes such as darpa Collectif, 4MM, as well as with artists such as Isabelle Linotte and Matthieu Litt.