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Eric Gaudibert was born in Vevey. He studied piano under the tutelage of Denise Bidal and theory of harmony under Hans Haug at the 'Conservatoire de Lausanne' and later at the ' Ecole Normale de Musique à Paris' with piano under Alfred Cortot, and composition under Nadia Boulanger and Henri Dutilleux. He resided in Paris until 1972.
Gaudibert was active both as pianist and composer until 1969. He has worked in collaboration with 'Radio-Télévision Suisse Romande' on the production of electro-acoustic music and the broadcasting of programmes with a musical didactical theme. He was musical director of the 'Maison de la Culture d'Orleans' from 1972 until 1975 after which he settled in Geneva where he taught piano, harmony, musical analysis and composition at the 'Conservatoire Populaire de Musique'. He is also a professor at the conservatory in Neuchâtel. In 1989 the Swiss Association of Musicians awarded him the composer's prize for his life's work. In 1995 he was granted the music prize by the city of Geneva which is awarded once every four years. Eric Gaudibert was director of the class for composition at the 'Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève' from 1999 until 2004. He has since been appointed Honorary Professor of the above institution.