Richard Dubugnon was born in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1968 and has both Swiss and French nationality. He started studying music at the age of 20 after reading History in Montpellier (France), and was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire in 1992, where he graduated with prizes in Double Bass, Counterpoint, and Fugue. Dubugnon also studied Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Paul Patterson, graduating in 1997 with a DipRAM and a Mmus in Composition, before becoming a Composition Fellow there in 1998. When he returned to France in 2002, he became the recipient of the Pierre Cardin Prize from the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Described as "driven by a playful modern sensibility" by the New York Times in March 2011, Richard's music is currently championed by such prestigious artists as Janine Jansen, who premiered his Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in December 2008, just after performing his Piano Quartet at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Jansen recently recorded three pieces written by Dubugnon for her new CD Beau Soir (DECCA) which instantly achieved "Gold" status when it was released in the Netherlands in September 2010.
Emmanuel Krivine gave the American premiere of his Arcanes Symphoniques to great acclaim with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in January 2004, and in 2008 Dubugnon's music was performed by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall in the famous Young People's Concerts series created by Leonard Bernstein. In November 2011 the LA Philharmonic gave the world premiere of Dubugnon's Battlefield Concerto, written for the Labèque Duo, and premiered by them with conductor Semyon Bychkov. The work was a co-commission of the LA Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. It received its Proms premiere in August 2012 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the Summer of 2010, Richard was accepted for residencies at Yaddo (NY), and the Mac Dowell Colony (NH).
In 2007-08 Richard was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre National de Montpellier (France) where he completed the Arcanes Symphoniques cycle for orchestra, recorded by the Orchestre National de Montpellier and released by Universal in November 2008. This recording won the Grand Prix Lycéen in April 2009, with the votes of over 400 schools in France. A Naxos CD of chamber music from 2002 received excellent reviews from the U.S., British, French, and Swiss press.
Dubugnon has been championed by conductors that include Alain Altinoglu, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Stephane Deneve, Enrique Diemecke, Mikko Franck, Ed Gardner, Friedmann Layer, Laurent Petitgirard, and Muhai Tang. Orchestras include the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre Lamoureux, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, Orchestre Francais des Jeunes, and the London Mozart Players.
Dubugnon has been involved with many educational projects in the U.K., the U.S., and France. He has also taught Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School. He is also a double bassist, playing regularly as a chamber musician and sub with the Opéra de Paris.