About Dominique Le Gendre
UK based French Caribbean composer Dominique Le Gendre was born in Trinidad where she lived until the age of 19, at which point she left to study music in Paris. She trained as a classical guitarist with Ramon de Herrera who encouraged her to acknowledge her unique identity as a Caribbean musician – an identity which has evolved to become an integral part of her musical language.
This language has served her as she wrote extensively for theatre, BBC radio drama, film, television and dance over the twenty-five years that she has been living in London. She wrote and produced all the music for Arkangel’s recordings of The Complete Shakespeare directed by Clive Brill. Since the appearance of her 15 minute Opera “Bird Of Night” at the Linbury theatre as part of NITRO AT THE OPERA in November 2003, she was named Associate artist of the Royal Opera House. Her full-length opera, “Bird of Night” directed by Irina Brown, was commissioned by the ROH and premiered in October of 2006.
Her chamber works have been commissioned and performed by The ROH chamber soloists, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Manning Camerata, Lontano Orchestra, Tête-a-tête Opera, Ibis Ensemble and British cellist Tony Woollard Tony Woollard amongst others.
In August 2012 she co-curated with Producer and curator Melanie Abrahams The “London Is The Place For Me Festival”, for the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission’s London celebration of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th anniversary of Independence. She has been Associate Artist to the Manning Camerata led by ROH concertmaster, Peter Manning Their 1st major collaboration, a Dramma per Musica of Seamus Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes”, directed by Derek Walcott, premiered in the autumn of 2008 at Liverpool8 and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
She is currently workshopping a new piece of music -theatre in Trinidad, “Jab Molassie with a libretto by Double Bassist Caitlyn Kamminga. The piece, inspired by Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale”, has been commissioned by Calabash Foundation for the Arts and sets the universal Faustian tale in Trinidad using carnival characters and including a double -tenor steel-pan in the 9 piece ensemble. Other current projects include a one-year creative engagement project inspired by Estauries and in collaboration with Practical Philosopher Ayisha De Lanerolle, Creative producer Kate Theophilus, Chef Sarah Saunders and LAB Director Susan Benn. She is also researching, developing and creating a number of new theatre and music-theatre projects, salons and symposia in collaboration with Jamaican Writer Pat Cumper.