Timothée Picard

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Timothée Picard (born 1975) is a French academic and music critic.



Timothée Picard studied at the École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud (1995–2001) and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (1999–2001). [1] He holds an aggregation of modern letters (1999) and a doctorate of letters (2004). His PhD thesis, defended at the University of Strasbourg under the direction of Pascal Dethurens, is entitled La littérature face au défi wagnérien. From 2005 to 2012, he was maître de conférences in general and comparative literature at the University of Rennes 2 – Upper Brittany. In 2011, he was elected as a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France on a project devoted to the conceptions and representations of music through the literature and history of European ideas. Since 2012, he is a professor of general and comparative literature at Rennes 2. His research focuses on the relationship between literature, the arts (especially music, but also cinema), and the history of ideas.

As a music critic, he collaborates with magazines Classica and L'Avant-Scène Opéra  [ fr ]. He regularly gives lectures or program contributions in opera houses and opera festivals in France and abroad.

With Jean Cléder, he founded the "Transversales cinematographiques" festival [2] in Rennes in 2011, dedicated to the relationship between cinema and other arts.


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