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Finzi, Graciane

Born in Casablanca in 1945, she studied music at the Paris Conservatory (piano classes of Joseph Benvenuti) which she left with four first prizes: harmony (1962), counterpoint (1964), fugue (1964) and composition (1969).

From 1975 to 1979 she was music director of the «Festival de la Défense». 

Since 1979 Graciane Finzi has taught at the Paris Conservatory.

She was awarded the Grand Prix de la Promotion Symphonique by the Sacem in 1982, the Prix Georges Enesco also by the Sacem in 1989 and the SACD Prize for her opera Pauvre Assassin in 1992.

Her catalogue comprises about sixty works which have for the most part been written on commission (French Ministry of Culture, Radio France, contemporary music festivals, etc.).

Finzi’s music has been performed all over the world by leading soloists and orchestras (Paris, New York, London, Rome, Moscow, Manchester, Helsinki, Vancouver, Nuremburg, Buenos Aires, Cologne, Banff, Calgary, Bremen, Rio de Janeiro, Mainz, etc.).

Her conception of music, faced with the question posed by life today, tends to reflect the multiplicity of individual biorhythms, without excluding lyricism. Graciane Finzi uses orchestral instruments (whether as an orchestra mass or as soloists) in a way that, while taking account of their individualities, unites them in juxtaposed groups, each of which has its own dynamic, its own colour, and its own biorhythm, multiplying in this way what in the profession are called ‘real parts’.

In a modern language, that uses certain extratonal harmonic and chromatic sequences, Graciane Finzi establishes poles of attraction that guide the understanding of music that far from seeking abstraction tries to embody the immediate expression of life’s vitality.