Grégoire PontAnimator, Illustrator
A new tone and aesthetic supported by poetic and intelligent animations which make the programme ideal for introducing young people to music.
Grégoire Pont was born in Paris in 1969. An exceptional artistic talent, from the tender age of eight he attended the Animation Workshop in Paris where he studied Norman McLaren’s techniques of animation dynamics. He graduated from the Met de Penninghen school of Graphic Arts (ESAG) in 1992 and shortly thereafter directed his first animated film Le concerto du chat, with abstract drawings painted on glass or drawn directly on the film. This two-minute movie depicted shapes dancing to the sounds of the instruments in an orchestral rehearsal and was recorded with the Orchestre de Paris in the Salle Pleyel.
A great lover of classical music, especially early 20th century composers such as Debussy, Koechlin, Poulenc and Strauss, Pont has always been passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to children by means of animation. He has achieved great success in animating performances of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Pont draws whilst the orchestra plays, with the audience watching the lines being animated and the illustrations being drawn in synchronicity with the music.
For three seasons, Pont worked with the French conductor François-Xavier Roth and his innovative orchestra Les Siècles on Presto! for France Television. This series of short musical excerpts introduced audiences to popular classical music works via animation and video and was seen by over three million viewers on weekly primetime television.
L'enfant triumphs in LyonGrégoire Pont, James Bonas 3 November 2016
Grégoire Pont and Les Siècles celebrate double debuts at SBC!François-Xavier Roth's stimulating French programme 2 November 2016
Grégoire Pont celebrates Ravel in Paris and Schönberg in Gothenburg31 May 2016
Cinesthetics - Grégoire Pont16 September 2015