Canat de Chizy, Edith

After pursuing graduate studies in Art and Archaeology and Philosophy at the Sorbonne, Edith Canat de Chizy successively obtained six premiers prix at the Paris Conservatoire including one in composition. She became initiated into electro-acoustic music with Guy Reibel at the Conservatoire and the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). A student of Ivo Malec's, in 1983 she had a decisive encounter with Maurice Ohana to whom she, with François Porcile, would devote a monograph in 2005 (Ed. Fayard).

The catalogue of this trained violinist, presently boasting more than 70 opus numbers, concertante music occupies a special place: Moïra, cello concerto, prizewinner at the Prince Pierre of Monaco Competition in 1999; the following year, Exultet, violin concerto premiered in 1995 by Laurent Korcia, was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique awards; Les Rayons du Jour, viola concerto, was first performed in February 2005 by Ana Bela Chaves and the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Amongst other notable works, most of them written to commissions by the State, Radio-France, the Orchestre de Paris, IRCAM, and ensembles (Musicatreize, Les Solistes du XXI siècle, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Sequenza 9.3, Accentus, TM+ et al.), one will note in particular her vocal pieces, works for strings (three quartets) and symphonic scores including Omen, first performed in October 2006 by the Orchestre National de France, Pierre d’éclair (March 2011, Orchestre National de Lyon) and Over the sea, her first work for electronics (11 May 2012).

She has been in residence several times, in particular at the Besançon Festival where Times, for large orchestra, was the compulsory work for the finale of the International Competition for Young Conductors in 2009 and first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Numerous distinctions have crowned her works: Prize of the International Composers Tribune (for Yell, 1990), Paul-Louis Weiller Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1992), Coup de cœur of the Académie Charles Cros for her CD Moving, and several prizes awarded by SACEM, including the Grand Prize for Symphonic Music in 2004.

Named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1994, Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite in 2012, elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2005, in January 2008, Edith Canat de Chizy was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. She is the first woman composer to be admitted to the Institut de France. She has taught composition at the Paris Regional Conservatory since 2007.

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