Louis Sauter

Composer, Performer

  Louis Sauter

About Louis Sauter

Louis Sauter was born on 18 September 1955 in Rome, New York, United States, but he has lived most of his life in France. He is both a musician and a (now retired) engineer, and began his scientific career performing research in speech processing and multimedia, before evolving towards management and consulting. He was the project manager of the Planck HFI Ground Segment, part of an astrophysics mission the spectacular results of which have enriched our understanding of the universe. His engineering work has at times been involved with music, most notably in a project with IRCAM and as a consultant for a national Opera House.

A mostly self-taught musician, he nevertheless benefited from the advice of great masters. He met Olivier Messiaen several times, and sharply remembers attending his musical analysis class on the Rite of Spring. He more recently improved his orchestration skills with Ricardo Nillni.

As a pianist, he specially enjoys playing chamber music and accompanying singers. As a tenor in the Pasdeloup and Orchestre Colonne Choirs, he sang in Salle Pleyel, the Chartres Cathedral and the Palais Omnisports de Bercy (an audience of over 13,000 people) as well as for French Television and for the recording of several CDs.

He has composed over a hundred works for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestra. His compositions have been recorded and performed by professional musicians in concert halls as well as by students in music schools, throughout Europe as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Nigeria and Japan. His arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was performed at Carnegie Hall in September 2018.

His Suite carpatique was an official selection of the 5th edition of the Coups de Vents International Wind Ensemble Composition Competition. His Suite pour harpe was a finalist of the 2016 Solo Harp Composition Competition organized by the Future Blend Project and was recorded.

His Tristan im Mondschein, part of the 250 piano pieces for Beethoven project, was premiered by pianist Susanne Kessel and was published by Musica Ferrum in 2018 ; the score is included in the January 2020 issue of international Piano.

His suite for solo flute Noël dans le Comté de Nice is to be published by Canticus Verlag.

His trio Las bodas de Helena features in the soundtrack of the short film Argentina which was released in Brazil in 2017. The CD One Minute released by Sarton Records in 2017 includes his Trois miniatures pour flûte. The album won a double Silver medal at the Global Music Awards 2017 (contemporary classical and album). Three other CDs including his works were released in 2018: Gimel includes Laissez-moi mes rêves for flute and harp;  Daleth includes Las bodas de Helena for solo flute; Two Minutes includes µMesse for flute and bass flute. Both Gimel and Daleth won double silver medals at the Global Music Awards 2018 (contemporary classical and instrumental-instrumentalists for Gimel, album and instrumental-instrumentalist for Daleth). Two Minutes won a triple silver medal at the Global Music Awards 2019 (contemporary classical, album and instrumental/instrumentalist). The CD He, released by Phasma Music in 2019, includes his suite Romantica for flute and piano. HETH, released in 2020, includes his Fantaisie niçoise for flute and guitar. TETH, to be released end 2020 will contain recordings of Suite cosmique II  and Aria et Fugue for flute and string trio.

Louis Sauter is a member of the jury of the international composition competition KWIDZYN CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD 2020.