Emmanuel Utwiller

was born in 1959 in Alsace. Self-taught, he created in April  1980 and dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich an organization known as the "Fonds Chostakovitch à Paris" (Shostakovich Archives at Paris). He worked at that time as musical consultant, particulary for Radio-France, Auditorium du Louvre, Films d'Ici, Channel Four TV (UK).

He was introduced to the composerís relatives in 1989, and in 1996 he was appointed by Irina Shostakovich to be the person responsible for the "Dmitri Shostakovich" Contemporary Music Information Centre.

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