La Giuria 2017 – Françoise Choveaux




Françoise Choveaux takes up with a musical tradition anchored in the 19th Century. She is a composer but also a pianist. As of today, she has already written more than 170 opus for all instruments and all formations, from solos to symphony orchestras. And her works are played in Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Baltic States), in Asia and in America.

Numerous live recordings and in studio were made of her music, among which the integral works of her quartets recorded by the famous Vilnius Strings Quartet.  » The richness of sounds and colors for strings is a discovery of every moment. For a composer, I think that the string quartet offers infinite possibilities, similar to the use a painter can make of its palette. It is one of the forms of writing that I prefer. « , she explains in the notebook of the CD.

Each of her partitions is inspired, either by journeys, emotions, or connected directly with a literary or visual work. «  Her musical universe is strong and colored  » wrote Marc Vignal, musicologist and critic) in Le monde de la Musique.

From March, 1999 till March, 2001, she was invited by the association Pour que l’esprit vive in the Abbey of Prée Pour que l’esprit vive à l’Abbaye de la Prée (Académie musicale des Beaux-Arts) as pianist and composer for a creation residence …

In her musical route, chamber music has always played an important role with works written for soloists (Jean Ferrandis, Pavel Berman, Emile Naoumoff, José Martin, Caroline Sageman, Jacques Mauger, Michel Mikalakakos, Isabelle Moretti, Gérard Poulet) and also established formations. Her quartets were created and interpreted by the quartet of Vilnius, the Russian quartet Rimski-Korsakov, the quartet Debussy, the quartet Ravel, the quartet Danel and the Quartet Stanislas.

In 2002, she began an important cycle dedicated to orchestras. First of all, by pursuing her series of three symphonies for strings today known and interpreted by several orchestras (Saint-Petersburg, Symphony Marseille, Baden-Baden…). Then, by writing a series of concerti of which her concerto n°2 for violin n°1 with the virtuoso Vilhelmas Cepinskis during a series of concerts in the main cities of Lithuania (September 2002).

Francoise Choveaux was trained in the Academy of Lille, in Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, in the Institute Peabody of Baltimore then in Juilliard School of New York. She performed in prestigious festivals in France, in Europe, in Asia, in the United States and in Brazil.