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Calame Geneviève (30. 12. 1946 - 08. 10. 1993)

Calame Geneviève

Calame Geneviève


The composer, pianist and music pedagogue Geneviève Calame was born on December 30, 1946, in Geneva and died on October 8, 1993, also in Geneva. Calame was raised in a Greco-Italian family in Geneva. She studied piano under Lottie Morel (*1909) in Geneva following her undergraduate studies and received her diploma in 1967. She continued her studies in Italy under Guido Agosti (1901-1989) in Rome receiving the ‘l'Accademia musicale chigiana’ diploma in Sienna, and during two years in Geneva under Louis Hiltbrand (1916-1983). She simultaneously (1971) studied composition under the Swiss composer Jacques Guyonnet (*1933) also from Geneva and teacher at the local conservatory. Calame attended courses in composition headed by Pierre Boulez (*1925) in London, Henri Pousseur (*1929) in Liège and by the French composer Jean-Claude Eloy (*1938) in Rouen. She was further educated in new electronic and electro-acoustic instrumental technology by the American composer Hubert Howe (New York) and the visual artist William Etra. She attended seminars on electronic music in Paris (IRCAM), Stockholm and the United States.

In 1972 she married Jacques Guyonnet and gave birth to their daughter Jill Sophie in 1982. Calame devoted herself to electronic music at the ‘Studio de musique contemporaine’ (contemporary music studios) in Geneva. In 1971 she founded, together with her husband, the studio for electronic music, video and information technology under the name A.R.T (Artistic Research Team) specialising, as the title suggests, in electronic music, video and information technology. Calame developed a new method of teaching electronic music to children, which she herself taught between the years 1975 and 1993 at the ‘l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel’ in Geneva. In 1976 she became president of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), Geneva section. Calame has been showing her work, which also contains audio visual installations, since 1971 in the whole of Europe, the United States and South America.

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