Louis Sauter

Composer, Performer

About Louis Sauter

Louis Sauter was born in the United States, but he has lived most of his life in France. He is both a musician and an 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 fifty 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 Suite carpatique was an official selection of the 5th edition of the Coups de Vents International Wind Ensemble Composition Competition. His Suite pour harpe made the finals of the 2016 Solo Harp Composition Competition organized by the Future Blend Project and was recorded for release on a CD. His Tristan im Mondschein, part of the 250 piano pieces for Beethoven project, was premiered by pianist Susanne Kessel and is being published by Musica Ferrum. 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). Two other CDs including his works are to be released in 2018.