Florian Schwamborn is a composer, author, performer and improviser, conductor, historian, music theorist and pedagogue.

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Initially self-taught, his piano improvisations nourished his musical imagination and he quickly turned to composition. He began his career by composing incidental music for theater, exploring multiple musical languages. Today, as an eternal researcher, he cultivates a dense, original musical breeding ground, inhabited by his ultimate interest in avant-garde, transversal, multidisciplinary and experimental approaches. He regularly responds to commissions for the composition of instrumental concert music, which he enriches with his patches and electronic systems for sound processing and real-time composition.

Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, he first studied philosophy and musicology. He then studied classical piano at the Hochschule of his hometown with prof. Jean Micault. In 2008, he moved to Paris and continued his studies at the CRR rue de Rome, working as a pianist and writing new music for the stage.

Since 2012, he collaborates with his brother and mixed media artist François Schwamborn, creating audiovisual installations.

In 2015, he moved to the island Tahiti in French Polynesia, with a commission for a large orchestra from the SR/ARD radio station in Saarbrücken. There, he signed the soundtrack of the documentary film Marae – the sacred stones of Polynesia produced by Oceania Film and France Televisions, tracing the cultural origins of the Polynesian population and the post-colonial reappropriation of its roots in the 21st century. He then conducts research as an ethnomusicologist to find the traces of endemic Polynesian music still practiced.

In 2018, he returned to metropolitan France to create with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie his first creation for large orchestra and real-time electronic device Neopolis, which was started in Paris in 2015 and completed in Polynesia.

In 2019 he is nominated for the Quattropole innovative music prize and in 2020 he obtains a master’s degree in composition from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) by validating his experience for all his work.