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Florentine Mulsant
Photo : © Vahan Mardirossian

Florentine Mulsant

Composer

Born in 1962, Florentine Mulsant studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris the traditional disciplines (harmony, counterpoint, fugue, analysis and orchestration) and at the Schola Cantorum, where she won the 1st Prize in composition in 1987 with Allain Gaussin. she followed the instructions of Franco Donatoni at Academia Chigiana in Siena (Italy) and perfected with Alain Bancquart.

From 1991 to 1998, she was teaching harmony and counterpoint at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. In 2011, she won the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize from the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Winning many international competitions of composition, many of her works are commissioned and performed by great soloists and orchestras (Lise de la Salle, Quatuor Debussy, Quatuor Manfred, Quatuor Terpsycordes, Vahan Mardirossian, Laure Favre Kahn, Lyonel Schmit, Hélène Schmitt, Henri Demarquette, Raphael Pidoux, Boris Andrianov, Florent and Frédéric Audibert, Laurent Korcia, Anne Queffélec, Romain Leleu, Lise Berthaud, Adam Laloum, Ensemble Sequenza 9.3, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestre National de Chambre d'Arménie, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre National de Caen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Trêves) and in major international festivals in France (Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, Festival d'Ambronay, Festival Cello Fan, Festival Musiciennes à Ouessant, Festival Présences, Festival Radio-France Montpellier), Germany (Beethoven Festival in Bonn), Switzerland, United States, in Taiwan and Chile.

The French music label Triton included one of her compositions on the CD Musique Française au Féminin. In 2007 the label Ar Re-Se published a monographic CD with her chamber music works with the Cello Sonata op. 27 played by Henri Demarquette.

In 2011 she was awarded to the Prix Nadia et Lilli Boulanger of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Her discography includes a CD of chamber music (Ar Ré-Sé, 2007), a contribution to the CD Musique Française au féminin (Ensemble Latitudes, Triton, 2012) and the First String Symphony and the 24 Preludes for piano (Maestria, 2013). In 2016 were published her three Fantaisies op. 48 for violin and harp (Animato) and her Sonata for double bass and piano op. 52 (Triton).

In 2015, she is appointed as Composer in Residence at Marseille National Conservatory.

From 2013 to 2016, she was the Vice President of the Symphonic Music Commission in the SACEM.

If she is influenced by the French School of the 20th century, particularly Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen and Henri Dutilleux, Florentine Mulsant’s musical style is characterized by a great expressiveness, a real freedom in language and the clarity of the musical form.