Gerard Buquet

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Gérard Buquet plays his double bass trombone with two horns

Gérard Buquet (* 1954 ) is a French composer , conductor and tuba player . He is considered to be one of the most important tuba players internationally, who has introduced and developed new playing techniques on the tuba, especially in the field of contemporary music. In addition, he has been gaining in importance as a composer of contemporary music since the late 1990s. Buquet has directed the ensemble for new music at the Karlsruhe University of Music since 2000 and is professor for tuba at the Conservatoire de Paris .


Gérard Buquet studied tuba at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, later composition with Claude Ballif and Franco Donatoni . He initially worked as an instrumentalist in numerous world premieres with the Orchester de Paris, the Orchester National de France and the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France. During this time he was also active in some jazz groups.

From 1976 to 2001 he was the tuba player of the Ensemble intercontemporain , with whom he was represented at many important festivals for contemporary music.

In 1999 the Mezzo TV channel made a portrait film about him.

In 2000 he accepted a call to the Karlsruhe University of Music and took up a professorship as conductor of the Ensemble for New Music, with whom he studied well-known works such as the Étude d'après Sérafin by Wolfgang Rihm . Since 2003 he has been teaching contemporary composition at Cefedem in Dijon .

Compositions (selection)

  • 2006: "Surimpressions"
  • 2005: "Les danses du temps"
  • 2001: "Adverb"
  • 1997: "Between"


Gérard Buquet is the owner of the only double bass trombone ever built with two bells.

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