While studying art, archaeology and philosophy at the Sorbonne, Edith Canat de Chizy successively received six first prizes from the Paris National Conservatory. She was introduced to electronic music through Guy Reibel at the Conservatory and the Groupe de Recherches Musicales. A student of Ivo Malec, in 1983 she had a decisive encounter with Maurice Ohana to whom she, along with François Porcile, devoted a monographic edition published by Editions Fayard in 2005.
In the oeuvre of this trained violinist, concertant music occupies a special place: Moïra, concerto for cello, prize winner at the Prince Pierre Competition of Monaco in 1999 - the next year, Exultet, concerto for violin premiered in 1995 by Laurent Korcia, was nominated for the "Victoires de la Musique" - Les Rayons du Jour, concerto for viola, premiered in February 2005 by Ana Bela Chaves and the Paris Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
Among her most outstanding works, generally commissions from institutions such as the French government, Radio-France, the Paris Orchestra, ensembles such as Musicatreize, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Sequenza 9.3, Accentus, TM+ etc... we note: Canciones for twelve mixed voices (1992), the staged oratorio Le Tombeau de Gilles de Rais (1993) - Young Talent Prize from the SACD in 1998 - her two quartets Vivere (2000), Alive (2003), her latest piece for large orchestra Omen, premiered in October 2006 by the National Orchestra of France, and music for Blanca Li's choreography Corazon loco performed at the National Chaillot Theatre in January 2007.
Her oeuvre has received numerous honours: the International Composer's Tribune Prize (for Yell, in 1990), Paul-Louis Weiller Prize from the Beaux-Arts Academy (1992), several prizes awarded by the SACEM including the Grand Prize for Symphonic Music in 2004.
Named "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" in 1994, "Ordre National du Mérite" in 2003, elected to the Beaux-Arts Academy in 2005, Edith Canat de Chizy is the first woman composer to be accepted at the "Institut de France". She has taught composition at the Paris National Conservatory since 2007.
In January 2008, Edith Canat de Chizy was named "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur".
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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