Françoise Gnéri

After 13 rich and exciting years at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse (CNSMD) in Lyon, Françoise Gnéri was appointed in 2023 to the CNSMD in Paris. She is a musician with an eclectic and original background, who stands out for her passionate commitment to teaching and the most varied projects. She has been a soloist at the orchestra of the Paris Opera for several years, where she met and played with some of the greatest conductors (Seiji Osawa, Georges Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung…) and developed a sense of lyricism and drama that will never leave her.

Her intense chamber music activity and deep knowledge of 20th and 21th century music earned her an invitation to the most important French stages such as Châtelet, Radio-France, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Beaubourg and worldwide stages including Brême, Venice, Lisbon, Tokyo, New York where she performed with artists such as Philip Hirschorn, Christoph Henkel, Roland Pidoux, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Maxim Vengerov, Bruno Pasquier, François Salque, Claire Désert, Olivier Charlier. She recorded the Brahms sonatas and the sonata for violin and piano in A minor by Schumann, transcribed for the viola, with Denis Pascal, a disc for which she received the best reviews. She also recorded the 6 Suites de Jean-Sébastien Bach at Polymnie.

By request from Jean-François Zygel to participate in her music lessons and classical cabaret, Françoise shares with him the opportunity to create a dynamic relationship between the public and the musicians, creating original, imaginative musical events mixing new audiences, in unusual places, with the outcome for a shared new mode of communication. In 2015, she created the Collectif Fractales, a collective of young artists dedicated to spreading classical music wherever it doesn't naturally fit. During this process, Françoise created two festivals in which innovation has an important part: Sanary in Music, and Quinte et Sens, musical delicacies in Amboisie.

She plays on a viola by Raphael and Anton Gagliano from 1856 and on a viola by Charotte from 1837.