- Michael Steinberg
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(b Asnières-sur-Seine, Feb 25, 1927). French-American conductor, pianist, educator, and composer. Monod has been primarily concerned with the new music including and after Schoenberg and Webern, and his vision for this music has involved all manner of its creation and interpretation. He was a major conduit for its dissemination in the United States after World War II, contributing to the idea of contemporary music as academic and uptown, and yet an international style.
Monod entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of eight, below the official age of nine. In 1944 he attended Messiaen’s seminars (with Boulez and Yvonne Loriod, among others), and then studied theory, composition, and analysis with René Leibowitz until 1950, attending the Darmstadt Summer Course with Leibowitz in 1948. Monod made his piano début in a concert conducted by Leibowitz in Paris in 1949 celebrating Schoenberg’s 75th birthday.
He went to the USA with Leibowitz in ...