Nicolas Bolens


Nicolas Bolens was born in Geneva and began his musical education with the composer and pianist Arié Dzierlatka. Despite his deep interest in sciences, he decided as a young man to continue his artistic studies at the academy of music where he graduated with a piano diploma and a composition award with special mention from the class of Jean Balissat. He profited from the guidance of Eric Gaudibert, Rudolph Kelterborn, Klaus Huber, Edison Denissov and many more.
In 1990 his work 'Impact' for strings, percussion and piano was premiered by the Ensemble Contemporain du Conservatoire de Genève. In 1993 he was a prize winner in the Concours pour Jeunes Compositeurs organised by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; he also received awards from several foundations (Leenaards, Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise ...) and accepted numerous commissions from the Trio Grumiaux, the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain/ NEC, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and others.
His more recent studies took him into the field of musical information technologies and digital technology under the tutelage of Eric Daubresse, musical assistant at the IRCAM. These technologies have been reflected in in his works since 2004. Parallel to his work as a composer, Nicolas Bolens taught piano and improvisation at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and composition at the conservatory of Geneva (in collaboration with Eric Gaudibert). Nicolas Bolens currently teaches counterpoint, composition and 20th century writing at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva.
He was the president of the Swiss Association of Musicians from 2004 to 2007.

Nicolas Bolens
6, rue de Vermont
CH-1202 Genève
Fon: +41 (0)22 733 30 82



Cercle (2009)
for six female voices (2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 altos) and percussion instruments (6 Chinese blocks played by the singers, 7 terracotta bells or high-sounding gongs (one player))
Order No: 0520, sFr. 34.00
Words deriving from the spoken language of the Lisu, a Tibetan-Burmese population.
Listen: Youtube

Musique pour Orchestre de Chambre (music for a chamber orchestra) (1992)
(2(1 pic).2(1 ca).2(1 bcl).2/
Order No: 0501, sFr. 68.00
A single-movement work in which the extensively divided strings create a mass effect.

Instants - Silences (1992)
for 2 pianos
Order No: 0502, sFr. 16.00
This piece makes good use of silence and rests as well as resonance enhanced by use of the third pedal. The notation is partly aleatoric, partly metric. The playing techniques are traditional.

10 Microcosmes (1994)
for violin, alto, violoncello and piano
Order No: 0504, sFr. 26.00
A suite consisting of ten extremely short pieces. The traditional writing utilises various organ points to signal expectation. Frequent measure changes. Traditional playing techniques.

Trois Tableaux (1994)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Order No: 0505, sFr. 36.00
Each of the three acts presents a different combination of the three instruments. The first act is metrically notated and is to be played in very strict time. In the second act, the string parts are metrically independent of the piano. In the third act, all instruments play independently of each other; metrically notated, the violin acts as leader, and the others follow. Traditional playing techniques and occasional use of quarter-tones.

"... Et derrière moi marchent les étoiles." (1996)
for violin and symphony orchestra (3(2 pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/
Order No: 0507, sFr. 57.00
A work in three movements, written for the Tibor Varga Competition in 1996. Notation is traditional. The soloist's part contains a few cadenzas, which are written without bar lines.

Variations (1996)
for four-handed piano
Order No: 0508, sFr. 18.00
Here, all six variations are based on an original theme. In traditional notation and relatively easy to perform.

Quatro Sonetos de Amor (1996)
for voice (soprano) and piano
Order No: 0509, sFr. 29.00
Based on the poems of Pablo Neruda.

Il Croco (1997)
for voice (bass), piano and violoncello
Order No: 0510, sFr. 16.00
Based on a poem by Giovanni Pascoli.

6 Airs de circonstance (1997)
for voice (baritone or mezzo-soprano) and piano
Order No: 0511, sFr. 18.00
Text: Stéphane Mallarmé.

Hommage à L.v.B. (1997)
for string quintet or string orchestra
Order No: 0512, sFr. 18.00
‘Hommage à L.v.B.’ is a didactical work based on the final part of Beethoven’s third symphony. It is aimed at conductors who wish to make technical progress and master most of the difficulties inherent in a performance of a classical work.

Once Asleep (1997)
for choir, soloists (Soprano, Baritone) and orchestra (
Order No: 0513, sFr. 26.00
Based the sonnet 154 by William Shakespeare.

Suite pour Neuf Instruments (suite for nine instruments) (1999)
for wind quintet and string quartet
Order No: 0517, sFr. 31.00

D'eau et de bois (2000)
for marimba and string orchestra
Order No: 0518, sFr. 23.00

A Due (2000)
for oboe, clarinet, violin and double bass
Order No: 0519, sFr. 16.00
Composition by Eric Gaudibert / Nicolas Bolens. This work is written by two hands, by two different composers who experimented in equally sharing the single instruments: the oboe and double-bass on the one hand side and the violin and the clarinet on the other. The precisely written violin is the conducting element and the three other instruments are grouped accurately around it. A description of the tempi allows easy playing. This piece has a medium level of difficulty.

Ou le mystère précipité hurlé (2007)
for 8 solo voices (2S2A2T2B)
Order No: 0521, sFr. 73.00
After "Un coup de Dés…" by Stéphane Mallarmé.
Listen: Youtube

Trois Chants (1996)
for soprano and piano
Order No: 0522, sFr. 21.00
To poems of Adonis.

D'un Rêve II (1997)
for guitar
Order No: 0523, sFr. 18.00

En mi Cielo (1998)
for tenor and guitar
Order No: 0524, sFr. 16.00
Texts: Pablo Neruda

La Rosa Enflorece (2000)
for three female voices (or female choir) and piano
Order No: 0525, sFr. 18.00
After a Sephardi song. Extracted from "Terres".

D'un Rêve (2001)
for violin solo
Order No: 0526, sFr. 18.00

... Wie dein Atem (2002)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Order No: 0527, sFr. 16.00
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke To a sonnet from "Sonette an Orpheus".

CD Cyprès CYP 1609: ... Et derrière moi marchent les étoiles, Tres Sonetos de Amor, Musique pour Orchestre de Chambre, Sur quelques Mots de R.M. Rilke, Jeux d'Ombres, Trois Tableaux

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