Françoise Tillard, piano
Born in Paris, she studied piano with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music in London and was for two years the assistant of Professor Paul von Schilhawsky in his repertoire class for singers at the Mozarteum of Salzburg.
After having studied with Geoffrey Parsons and Erik Werba, she accompanies in concert celebrated and different artists such as C. Ludwig, K. Ricciarelli, H. Schaer, D. Brown, J.-P. Lafont, F. Le Guérinel and B. Bonney, F. Masset, P.-A. Dubois. She gives numerous chamber music concerts in France and abroad with her trio (Trio Fanny Hensel).
As a vocal coach, Françoise Tillard was the assistant of H.von Karajan, C.Abbado, S.Ozawa, D.Barenboïm, P.Steinberg, F.Layer, and Z.Mehta. She coached such singers as H.Behrens, M.Price, R.Grist, J.Larmore, L.Vaduva, F.Grundheber, P.Domingo, R.Raimondi, and J.Carreras. She taught songs repertoire at the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Lyon She opened in 2002 a new degree (Master “Art du Récital”) for singers and accompanists at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle combining songs coaching and studying of languages and literatures. She created in the Conservatoires de Paris a class for Art Song Repertoire.
She wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on the composer Fanny Hensel, sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. This dissertation was published by Belfond in 1992, republished 2007 by Symétrie (Fanny Hensel), and translated into German (Die verkannte Schwester, Kindler Verlag, 1994) and into American (Fanny Mendelssohn, Amadeus Press, 1996). She gave numerous concerts and lectures about Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel around Germany, Austria, the States, Russia and Taiwan. Françoise Tillard also translated the memories of Christa Ludwig published in France by « Les Belles Lettres » (1997). She was awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanying.
In 2002, she directed the French rediscovery of two unknown operas, the Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot (revived 2014- 2015) and La Esmeralda by Louise Bertin composed on a libretto by Victor Hugo. With the association “Parole et Musique” she produced several “pocket operas”: La Colombe by Gounod and Une Education manquée ! by Chabrier.
Françoise Tillard has recently published a book on her experience as a musicien, Musicienne et Citoyenne, suggesting the appropriate changes for bettering musical education and venues in France. (La Lettre du Musicien, January 2016).
– Two vinyl’s devoted to the works of Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn (Calliope, 1985).
– L’Europe musicale de 1792, with the Trio Brentano; works of Clementi, Pleyel, Gyrowetz, Rasetti. (L’Empreinte digitale, 1989).
– Alma et Gustav Mahler with Hanna Schaer (Adda, 1990).
– Cabaret Songs, with Hanna Schaer ; works of Britten, Schoenberg and Kurt Weill. (L’Empreinte digitale, 1990).
– Fanny Mendelssohn, Lieder and Trio, with Donna Brown and the Trio Brentano. (Opus 111, 1992, sponsored by the Fondation France Télécom).
– Darius Milhaud, Chansons de Vildrac, with the soprano Cyrille Gerstenhaber. (Opus 111, 1993).
– Joseph Kosma, Chansons, with the students of the Atelier lyrique de Lyon. (Opus 111, 1994).
– Chansons à boire with the students of her repertoire class, works of Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi and other classical composers (private recording by « Parole et Musique », 1996).
– « Emmanuel Chabrier, Mélodies » with Agnès Mellon (soprano), Franck Le Guérinel (baryton) and Françoise Tillard (piano) (Timpani, june 1997).
– Les Orientales en Musique with the singers of the « Atelier Parole et Musique » ; works of Marie Jaëll, Vincent d’Indy, Wagner, Pauline Viardot, Charles-Marie Widor… (Maisonneuve et Larose, november 2001)
– Veillée imaginaire autour de George Sand with Françoise Masset, et les musiciens de Saint-Julien, œuvres de Tiersot, Chopin, Chabrier, Ravel, Bizet, A. Holmes, M. Emmanuel, Canteloube, P. Viardot. (Alpha, 2010)
– « Mel Bonis, the work for violin and piano » with Francine Trachier, violin and Marion Gomar, mezzo-soprano (Le Chant de Linos, 2017)
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