Raphaël Cendo studied piano and composition, first at Paris Ecole Normale de Musique, then at Conservatoire National Supérieur and completed the program for composition and electronic music at IRCAM in 2006. He studied composition with Allain Gaussin, Brian Ferneyhough, Fausto Romitelli and Philippe Manoury.
Along with other composers of his generation – Yann Robin and Franck Bedrossian, for example – explores sound saturation. Inspired by current music, his music overflows with energy, and he is eager to highlight sounds considered dirty.
Commissioned by several institutions, his compositions have been played by internationally acclaimed ensembles (Itinéraire, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ictus, Cairn, musikFabrik, Alternance, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne) and by performers such as Miquel Bernat, Alain Billard, Daniel Kawka, Jean Deroyer, Pascal Rophé, Guillaume Bourgogne, Peter Rundel, and Georges-Élie Octors.
From 2009 to 2011 Raphaël Cendo was resident at the Académie de France in Rome (Villa Médici) and has taught composition at the Conservatoire de Nanterre since 2008.