Artistic Director & Co-Founder
FRANCE
 
  • 1970 : Participated at the “Requiem de Fauré” after the death of Raymond LEGRAND (her uncle), under the direction of Michel LEGRAND (her cousin).
  • 1972 – 1984 : Manager of the Music Academy of Orly. She was a member of the examination board grading the intercommunal tests for the Music Academy of the 19th, 3rd and 15th districts of Paris and of the Gabriel Fauré auditorium in Paris. In addition, she was part of the examination board for the Golden Voices contest at l’Opéra Comique.

  • 1982 : As requested by the city of Orly, she composed and directed “Le Cantique du Soleil”, a symphonic poem for both chorus and orchestra, by St Francis of Assisi.

  • 1983 : Composed the Anthem of the first Paralympic Games in Europe, under the high patronage of François Mitterrand, French President, and directed the live performance of 200 musicians in front of Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris.

  • 1985 : Co-Founder and musical director of the World Philharmonic Orchestra which gathers soloist from more than 80 countries (see website : www.world-orchestral.com).

  • 1990 : Musical director of the cartoon “Tistou les pouces verts” (adapted from a work by Maurice Druon) during the International Garden and Greenery Exposition of Osaka.

  • 1992 : Her Choir of Men won the First Prize across all categories, and the Special Jury Award at an international contest in Verona.

  • 1995 : Co-Founder of the Olympic Arts, at UNESCO, on July 10th & 11th, 1995.

  • 1996 : Directed her Choir of Men who sang to welcome Pope John Paul II to Tours. José VAN DAM is a soloist in an Ave Maria by Gounod, adapted by Françoise Legrand.

  • Juin 2001 : CEO of the association “Musique et images du Monde”. She directed a large concert with her Choir of Men at the Singer-Polignac foundation in Paris where prestigious artists have been acclaimed since the 19th century.

    Françoise LEGRAND’s Choir of Men was created in 1984. First French Choir of Men, it was awarded the First Prize at Vienna’s International Contest in 1985. Répertoire : New work for chorus by Bruckner, Schumann, Schubert, Poulenc, Milhaud, Liszt, Mozart, Villa Lobos, Chailley.

  • Juin 2006 : Artistic director of the World Philharmonic Orchestra 2006 session under Yutaka SADO’s musical direction. Three concerts were performed at “Saint Louis des Invalides” and in the Cathedral of Reims. In the meantime, she took the responsibility of selecting five children who would receive a yearly scholarship of 10.000€, for three consecutive years. She went to India, Tunisia, Thailand, Romania and Venezuela to audition and select talented children under twelve, coming from underprivileged families.

  • Depuis 2006 : Jury at Lagardère foundation to grant scholarships to chamber orchestras composed of young musicians.

  • AWARDS :

    • First Prize of violin and piano when she was 12.

    • Graduate degree as a conductor with exceptional merit (Scholar Cantorum de Paris).

    • Medal of gratitude from UNICEF (for the 1985 performance of WPO, in Stockholm).

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