Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Françoise de Clossey

Born in Montreal, Françoise de Clossey graduated in 1996 from the University of Montreal under the direction of Natalie Pepin, then went on to study contemporary music with the founder of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt.

Winner of many competitions from an early age and winner of the Quebec Music Competition in 1992 and the Canadian Music Competition in 1994, where she won the Lucille Brassard scholarship for having obtained the highest score of the competition, Françoise de Clossey has performed at several international festivals including the Montreal International Festival, International Menton Festival, City of Paris Festival, London Promenades, The Vatican Concerts in Rome and the Festival Italiano in Munich.

She has given recitals in the most beautiful concert halls in the world, such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes di Mexico1, the Kunsthalle of Monaco in Bavaria and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, etc. In addition to Canada and the United States, she has performed in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Sweden, Latvia, in Russia, Poland, Brazil2, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Tunisia3, Morocco, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Gabon, Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Singapore and China.

Françoise de Clossey has to her credit several creations including the world premiere of a work by Henryk Górecki, Sciarrino and Goubaïdoulina’s North American premieres and the world premieres of Italian composers Marco Frisina and Marco Sofianopulo. At the beginning of the 21st century, she directed works by Heitor Villa-Lobos directed by I. Karabtchevsky and collaborated with Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.

In addition to recording several CDs, Françoise de Clossey has participated in several recordings for radio and television, including a short film entitled Górecki in Montreal “directed by Polish television. In addition, an excerpt from the CD with the Trio Saint-Denis is part of the soundtrack of André Forcier’s latest feature film, “Je me souviens”. sound design of Louis Desparois.

She has been an assistant at the University of Montreal, the S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and the MusicaRiva Festival in Riva del Garda, Italy. She has signed an important record contract for a series of duet recordings with Mauro Maur, with whom she has been collaborating since 2003. The group has achieved great success at the level of the public and the critics, which emphasizes the particularity, the freshness and the musicality of the interpretations.