Prof.a.D. Alain Moglia
Conservatoire national Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
Born in France in 1943, Alain Moglia obtained a first prize in violin at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of sixteen. In 1961, he began an international musical life with chamber music tours in Europe, Canada and the United States, followed by a decisive encounter with Jean-Claude Malgoire. Solo violinist at "La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy", Alain Moglia took an active part in the rediscovery of baroque music in France, recorded numerous albums for CBS and toured regularly, notably at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In 1965, Alain Moglia took part in the creation of the famous Octuor de Paris and in 1967 became a member of the Ensemble Instrumental de France. Violinist with the Paris Opera Orchestra from 1966 to 1973, he was also a member of the Via Nova quartet from its creation in 1970 and recorded with Erato.
1976 was a key year, since it marked the beginning of the great adventure of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, of which he was a member from the outset, and which, under the leadership of Pierre Boulez, was to become the most important ensemble in this field: Alain Moglia thus collaborated with great living composers, such as Stockhausen and Ligeti, whose Quartet No. 2 he created in France.
During the "Paris-Moscow" exhibition at Beaubourg, he introduced the public to Roslawets' violin concerto. "Mikka" and "Mikka's" by Xenakis and Berio's Sequenza for violin are at the top of his favourite repertoire. After a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées where Alain Moglia performed his Sequenza, Berio told the music critic Pierre Petit that "it was the best performance of his work he had ever heard".
Following Malgoire and Boulez, Daniel Barenboim appears as the third major musical figure in the career of Alain Moglia, who held the position of concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris from 1977 to 1990. He thus became the privileged partner of the orchestra's great guest conductors: Bernstein, Böhm, Jochum, Kubelik, Matacic, Giulini, Solti, Abbado, Mehta, Chailly, Sinopoli.
In 1988, the year of Messiaen's 80th birthday, he played the "Quartet for the End of Time" in the USA, Australia and all over the world.
Alain Moglia's teaching activities have always been intense and numerous: he was in charge of string training at the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and in 1990 succeeded Michèle Auclair as professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Alain Moglia's repertoire is gigantic. He makes it a point of honour not to confine himself to well-known works, but to play everything, with a preference for works that are unjustly neglected. Among the works he has performed the most, we can mention the concerto for two violins by J. S. Bach, which he has played with Yehudi Menuhin, Leonid Kogan and Christian Ferras, among others. He has played concertos under the direction of Barenboim, Herbig, Dohnanyi (French premiere of "Chain II" by Lutoslawski). In chamber music, his partners are Lynn Harrell, Pinchas Zukerman (Schubert quintet) or Daniel Barenboim (Busoni sonata no. 2 and Furtwängler sonata).