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 100 opus numbers, concertante music occupies a special place: Moïra, cello concerto, noticed in 1999 by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco; 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, and lastly Missing, his second violin concerto, created by the Orchestre National de France on March 23th, 2017.
Amongst other notable works, most of them written to commissions by the State, Radio-France, the Orchestre de Paris, Ircam, and ensembles (Musicatreize, Solistes XXI, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Sequenza 9.3, Accentus, TM+...), one will note in particular her vocal pieces including Canciones for twelve mixed voices (1992), the scenic oratorio Le Tombeau de Gilles de Rais (1993) - SACD young talented music prize in 1998 - the performance of Blanca Li Corazon loco Théâtre National de Chaillot in January 2007, his four string quartets: Vivere (2000), Alive (2003), Proche invisible (2010), En noir et or (2017), her orchestral pieces including Omen, created in October 2006 by the Orchester National de France, Pierre d'éclair, created in March 2011 by the Orchestre National de Lyon, as well as her works with electronics, Over the sea, premiered on May 11th, 2012 at the Festival Manifeste of Ircam and Visio (2016) at the Présences Festival.
She has been several times in residence, notably at the Arsenal of Metz, with the Orchester National de Lyon and 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 coeur of the Académie Charles Cros for her CD Moving, and several prizes awarded by SACEM, including the Grand Prize for Symphonic Music in 2004. Elected at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, president in 2016, Edith Canat de Chizy is the first woman composer member of the Institut de France. After having directed the Conservatoire of the 15th and that of the 7th municipal arrondissement in Paris she taught composition at the CRR in Paris until 2017. Edith Canat de Chizy is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite and Commandeur des Arts et lettres.
In 2016, she was awarded the Grand Prize of the President of the Republic by the Académie Charles Cros.
Edith Canat de Chizy and François Porcile
Editions Fayard, 2005
Edith Canat de Chizy - Entre nécessité et liberté
Cig'Art (Editions Symétrie), 2008
Les voix de l'imaginaire
Documentary: François Porcile
Production: François Porcile
Coproduction: Les films du village, Mezzo
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