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Franck Krawczyk


Composer, born in 1968, Franck Krawczyk started his musical training in Paris (piano, analysis, harmonization) then in Lyon (composition) where he currently teaches chamber music at the Conservatory (CNSMD). Very early on, Mr. Krawczyk was discovered by the Festival d'automne à Paris (Autumn Festival in Paris) and started writing several pieces for piano, cello, string quartet, ensembles, and chamber choir. In 2000 he received the Prix Hervé Dugardin and the Prix de la SACEM for his orchestral piece Ruines. His subsequent artistic collaboration with Christian Boltanski gave him new perspectives on his music. With lighting designer Jean Kalman, he created a dozen pieces ("opus") in France and abroad in locations ranging from Opera Houses to spaces dedicated to contemporary art. In the meantime, he developed new forms of musical creations for various media: theater (Je ris de me voir si belle with J. Brochen), readings (Les Limbes, Absence, with E. Ostrovski), video (Private joke with F. Salès) and for dance (Purgatorio-In vision, with E. Greco and P.C. Scholten). Always maintaining strong links to the classical repertoire, Mr. Krawczyk collaborated with choir Accentus conductor Laurence Equilbey (Vivaldi, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Wagner, Mahler, Schoënberg) and with cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Janác?ek, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Monteverdi). In 2009, upon Peter Brook's request, he conceived and interpreted a musical accompaniment for Shakespeare's sonnets (Love is my sin). They continued their collaboration with Marie-Hélène Estienne on Une flute enchantée, a free adaptation of Mozart's Opera created in November of 2010 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris and currently touring internationally. His last major work Polvere for solo cello, instrumental ensemble, and choir was created in 2010 at the Grand Palais (Monumenta-Christian Boltanski) and subsequently performed in New York, Milan, and Bologan. He's currently working on his third String Quartet.
Franck Krawczyk, The Suit