Henri Tomasi (Marseilles, 17th August 1901 - Paris, 13th January 1971) entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of sixteen where he studied under Georges Caussade, Paul Vidal, Vincent d’Indy and Philippe Gaubert. In 1927 he was awarded a First Prize for conducting and the Grand Prix de Rome. He began a joint career as composer and conductor. His many works show a preference for the theatre and, in the field of instrumental music, for wind instruments. Among his very many ballets and operas are La Grisi, Les Santons, Féerie laotienne, Miguel Manara, L’Atlantide, Le triomphe de Jeanne, Le silence de la mer. Among his symphonic works, he has written concertos for the flute, trumpet, saxophone, viola, horn, clarinet, trombone, bassoon, and violin.