Benoît Gibson

Benoît Gibson


Benoît Gibson studied viola, musical analysis and music theory at the Conservatoire de Musique de  Montreal in Canada. He then moved to Paris (France) where he completed his PhD on the music of Iannis Xenakis at the École de hautes études en sciences sociales. Between 2000 and 2007, he worked at the Lisbon School of Music (Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa) in Portugal. He is presently teaching musical analysis at the University of Évora (Portugal) where, between 2008 and 2014, he directed the Centre for Research in Music and Musicology (Unidade de Investigação em Música e Musicologia – UnIMeM). During that period, he also worked on the critical edition of Iannis Xenakis’ writings in collaboration with Makis Solomos and Sharon Kanach. The publication of his book on the Instrumental Music of Iannis Xenakis in 2011 has been widely recognized as a major contribution to the understanding of the composer’s creative thinking.

Publications and other outputs:

GIBSON, Benoît. (2015). “À propos de Bohor (1962) de Iannis Xenakis”, in Makis Solomos (Ed.) Iannis Xenakis, La musique électroasoutique. The electroacoustic music, Paris: L’Harmattan, pp. 83–96. ISBN: 9782343066967.

GIBSON, Benoît. (2011). The Instrumental Music of Iannis Xenakis. Theory, Practice, Self- Borrowing. Hillsdale (NY): Pendragon Press, 2011, 231p. ISBN: 978-1-57647-161-6.

GIBSON, Benoît. (2002). “Theory of Groups: In Search of a Method to Analyse Group Structures in the Music of Xenakis”, Contemporary Music Review, 2002, Vol. 21, Nos 2/3, June/September 2002, pp. 45–52. ISSN 0749-4467. DOI:0749446022000022620

GIBSON, Benoît. (1994). “Préface et notes” in Iannis XENAKIS, Kéléütha. Paris: L’Arche, 1994, pp. 7–12. ISBN: 2-85181-333-1.