Antoine Francoise

 

Pianist

 

After studying in Switzerland and United Kingdom with professors Paul Coker, Yonty Solomon, Andrew Ball, Ashley Wass (piano), Laurent Estoppey (saxophone) and Michael Oliva (composition), Antoine Françoise performs nowadays in Europe and further as a soloist, chamber musician, with ensembles and orchestras. At the term of his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, he was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal, for his outstanding talent and dedication to music. Antoine now is a professor of piano (contemporary specialism) at the RCM.

 

Fascinated by the chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as all new expressions of modern music, Antoine is founding member of the Mercury Quartet and the Francoise-Green piano duo, 2011 winners of Concours Nicati (Switzerland) and 2013 winners of Royal Overseas League competition. He is also principal pianist of Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (NEC, Switzerland), Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland) and London Contemporary Orchestra. He also plays regularly with Ensemble Nikel, the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the London Philarmonic Orchestra. He has played with conductors such as Diego Masson, Pierre-Alain Monot, Nicholas Collon, Clement Power or Vladimir Jurowski.

 

Antoine has closely with composers such as Julian Anderson, Rebecca Saunders, Hans-Peter Kyburz (giving the UK premiere of his concerto) and Eric Gaudibert (who dedicated his last concerto GONG to him). He counts now more than a hundred premieres in his repertoire.

 

Highly in demand as an orchestral pianist and chamber musician, he has performed widely in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom, at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival hall.

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