Lionel Ginoux studied the visual arts (film, audiovisual, sound engineer) before devoting himself to writing music in forming alongside Régis Campo, Barnabé Janin, David Owen, Roger Cawkwell, Georges Boeuf… He writes lyrical and sensitive music, with a strong preoccupation on rythm and musical intensity. His compositions follow the contemporary music of the twentieth century, without disowning the vocality and the classical harmony. By his musical curiosity, his music is being inspired too by jazz and popular music. He writes mainly for symphony orchestra, choir, opera, chamber music and soloists.
His music is played both in France and abroad (Opéra de Marseille, Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Reims, Festival de Radio France de Montpellier, l’Arsenal de Metz, Festival Gaudeamus – Hollande, Festival Les Musiques, Festival Nouveaux Talents, Instituts Français de Valencia – Espagne, Festival Compositores de Hoje – Rio de Janeiro, Festival Internacional Encuentros – Argentine, International Saxophone Symposium – Etats Unis, University du Canada – Montréal…).
In 2012, Lionel Ginoux is laureate of the SACD Beaumarchais for his chamber opera, Medea Kali, created in may 2013. He is also laureate in 2015 of the Marcelle and Robert de Lacour’s Fondation for his work, the Diptyque entourant la caresse for harpsichord and instrumental ensemble, a score created by the Stravinsky’s Ensemble (cond. by Jean-Pierre Pinet) at the Arsenal de Metz in november 2017.
Lionel Ginoux has repeatedly been in residence at the Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, in 2009 for Preface en Prose (Benjamin Fondane) and in 2012 for Medea Kali (libretto by Laurent Gaudé). The Abbaye de Fontevraud host him too in residence for his chamber opera, Vanda, (libretto by Jean-Pierre Siméon).
In March 2014, his concerto for violin, Les Indociles, has been created by Nemanja Radulovic with the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Eun Sun Kim. Few years after, his first Symphony – Dualités, inspired by the Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s choreography, has been created in January 2016 by the Avignon Symphony Orchestra (cond. by Samuel Jean). Lionel has also created his second chamber opera, Vanda at the Reims Opera House, which will be performed in April 2018 at the Avignon Opera house.
May 2017 is marked by the release of the disc Un Brasier d’étoiles (Maguelone label). Appreciated by the critics, the disc received a 4 stars **** by the review Classica. Lionel receives the Jean-Gabriel Marie Prize from the Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Marseille for Un Brasier d’étoiles
In april 2018, cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand created his piece War is kind for women’s choir and cello at the Saint-Victor Abbey.
Very recently his 3rd symphony was premiered at the Toulon Opera house by the Toulon Opera Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lio Kuokman, and he has finished to compose his fifth opera Eugénia an opera from the play “Actress” by Pascal Rambert.
The Limoges Opera house has just commissioned him an opera / musical theater on Olivier Py’s Faust Nocturne, for three actors, three dancers, seven singers, piano and string quartet. Faust Nocturne will be staged by Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche, at the Limoges Opera house between November 8 and 12, 2020.
Later on in the season, Sans fontières fixes, a lyrical performance initiated by Mikhael Piccone, is being composed for baritone, actor, dancers, piano and cello. Performance planned at the Théâtre du Toursky (Marseille) in May 2021.