Pierre Flasse (1995) is a British/Belgian composer from Maidstone, Kent. He grew up playing trombone in a variety of ensembles, such as Kent County Youth Orchestra, Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra and Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, whilst also studying piano. He studied Music at the University of Manchester and graduated in 2016 with a first-class honours degree, specialising in composition and performance. During this time he studied trombone with Rob Holliday and Blair Sinclair, and composition with Kevin Malone. He then continued his compositional studies at the university on the Masters Instrumental Composition programme for two years under the tutelage of Phil Grange and Nina Whiteman, graduating with a Distinction in November 2018.
As a composer, he fosters a special interest for jazz, opera and the voice. His music has been performed and workshopped by a variety of ensembles across the UK, including Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera, Opera North, Vonnegut Collective, Quatuor Danel and Leeds Lieder festival. He was selected as a finalist for the Kaleidoscope Orchestra in 2018 through his jazz, spoken-word song cycle The Importance of Being, with the poetry of Charles Bukowski.
Pierre has a passion for writing music and sound designing for film, video games and media. He has created and coded his own game Little Sailor Joe, and worked on two indie games, Jambear's Adventures and Dinner Party. He has also scored two original soundtracks for film; Sis - a drama about an intense family relationship, and Svaha - an adventure film about two friends kayaking the Caribbean.
In 2019, Pierre left Europe to travel India whilst engaging with local communities in workshops. Much of his musical journey was based in Rajasthan, working with folk musicians. Several collaborative projects are in the developing process with fusion albums and concerts. Pierre also learnt how to play several local instruments, including the algoza and khartal.
Pierre is a multi-instrumentalist across many different genres. His training on trombone was in classical and jazz idioms and this has expanded to many contemporary genres. He is one of the founding members of MSC Big Band, combining Manchester night life with a 25 piece live band. He has played in numerous small jazz groups too. He also enjoys performing at Indian weddings across the UK with Desi District, and from learning Klezmer at the University of Manchester now participates regularly, playing across Manchester.
As a writer, Pierre has always enjoyed sharing his love of music with the world. In his time at the University of Manchester he contributed regularly to the music section of the Mancunion newspaper. He is currently a contributor for bi-annual award-winning PORT magazine for reviews, features and editorials.
Pierre has much experience as an educator. He is available for private tuition in composition, trombone, piano, production and theory. He leads composition and improvisation workshops for all age and skill levels, specialising in growing less commonly taught areas, such as contemporary composition, composition in media and music production.