An exceptional artistic talent from the tender age of eight Grégoire Pont attended the Animation Workshop in Paris where he studied Norman McLaren’s techniques of animation dynamics. He graduated from the Penninghen school of Graphic Arts (ESAG) in 1992 and shortly after directed his first animated
film Le concerto du chat , with abstract shapes dancing to the sounds of the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel.
A great lover of classical music, Pont has always been passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to both children and adults by means of animation He developed a new performance concept called ‘Cinesthetics’ where he draws and animates live to a musical performance .
He has made appearances at London Royal Festival Hall, Paris Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Tokyo Suntory Hall and Gothenburg Concert Hall, collaborating with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Kazushi
Ono , Alexandre Bloch , Marko Letonja and François Xavier Roth.
Pont has also received great acclaim for bringing his innovative animation techniques to the operatic repertoire.
Together with British director James Bonas he conceived p roductions at Opéra de Lyon ofRavel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and L’heure espagnole, as well as premie ring a new production of Orff’s DerMond in 2020. The dramatic success of L’Enfant resulted in a revival with San Francisco Symphony andperformances at Oman’s Royal Opera House, Limoges Opera , Toulon Opera and Cincinnati Symphony ,with an upcoming revival at Opéra de Lille Pont also created animations for the semi staging o f Bizet’sCarmen for Orchestre National de Lille. In 2021 Pont brought Hans Abrahamsen’s Snow Queen to OpéraNational du Rhin and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to Cologne Opera.Pont additionally illustrates books for children, most notably Les Excalibrius , and has made numerousanimations for TV commercials, educational animated shorts and music video clips. For three seasons,Pont worked with the French conductor François Xavier Roth and his inn ovative orchestra Les Siècles on Presto! France Television )). This animated series of musical works was seen by over three million viewerson weekly primetime television. Most recently he has worked on animated effects for the music videoCatch Me, from the colour series by New Studios, featuring the Boston ballet dancer My’Kal Stromile.
(c) Anouar Brissel