|Date of birth||26 June 1968|
After attending piano classes with Juan Padrosa and composition classes with Francisco Escudero at the San Sebastian Conservatory of Music, where he obtained a Higher Degree in Composition, Ramon Lazkano (San Sebastián, 1968) studied composition and orchestration with Alain Bancquart and Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris and was awarded a First Prize of Composition in 1990. He pursued his studies of composition and analysis in Montreal with Gilles Tremblay. Once back in Paris, he received a DEA degree (PhD Evaluation Degree) in 20th Century Music and Musicology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales with his dissertation about polyrythmics.
His piano concerto Hitzaurre Bi earned him, at the age of 26, the Prince Pierre de Monaco Foundation Prize and shortly afterwards, in 1997, a jury chaired by Luciano Berio gave him the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem Composition Prize for his Auhen Kantuak. In 2007 Ramon Lazkano was awarded the Georges Bizet Prize by the French Academy of Fine Arts; he was also a prizewinner of the Institute of Music and Drama Arts, the Colegio de España, and the Gaudeamus Foundation. In 1999 he was resident composer at the Musica Festival and the Strasburg Conservatoire at the same time as Luis de Pablo. His residence in Rome (first at the Royal Academy of Spain, then at the Academy of France Villa Medici) allowed him to carry out a reflection on composition and its meaning, focusing mainly on intertextuality, silence and the experience of sound, all of which giving birth to pieces as emblematic as as Ilunkor (2001, commissioned by the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa), Lur-Itzalak (2003, a commission of the Printemps des Arts of Monte Carlo) and Ortzi Isilak (2006, commissioned by the Orquesta Nacional de España).
Since 2001, Ramon Lazkano has worked on Igeltsoen Laborategia (The Laboratory of Chalks), an ample collection of chamber music pieces divided into various cycles, which echoes sculptor Jorge Oteiza's "experimental laboratory" and more particularly the concept of chalk as a matter of inscription, erosion and memory linked to childhood.
Ramon Lazkano gave orchestration lessons at the Strasburg Conservatoire and taught composition at the Higher Academy of Music of Catalonia in Barcelona. He is currently teaching as professor of orchestration at the Higher Academy of Music of the Basque Country "Musikene".
His works are published by Le Chant du Monde in Paris.