Grégoire Pont

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 in 1992 and shortly thereafter directed his first animated film Le concerto du chat, with abstract drawings painted on glass or drawn directly on film. Mr. Pont spent ten years at Ubisoft where he worked on a number of educational CD-ROM programs including The Cosmic Family, featuring a series of interactive cartoon characters. A great lover of classical music, Mr. Pont is passionate about making classical music more popular and accessible to children by means of animation. He developed a new performance concept called Cinesthetics, in which, with a group of musicians, he draws and animates live, creating a unique experience where music and motion interplay. November 2016 marked his first venture into the operatic repertory, a production at the Lyon Opera of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, which used projections of his animations as its sole staging; this was followed in 2018 by L’heure espagnole with the same team. For three seasons, Mr. Pont worked with conductor François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles on Presto! (France Television). This series introduced audiences to popular classical music works via animation and video and was seen by more than three million viewers.

(June 2019)