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LESLIE
FLÛTE
RICHMOND

CRI de Foix-Varilhes

Flûtiste américano-française Leslie RICHMOND est née à Portland (Oregon, États-Unis) et commence sa vie musicale à l'âge de trois ans. Dans sa ville de naissance, elle est lauréate de nombreux concours qui lui permettent de se produire plusieurs fois en tant que soliste avec orchestre. Elle poursuit un diplôme supérieur de pratique instrumental aux Etats-Unis, où elle suit parallèlement une formation en littérature française et en musicologie, qu’elle termine en 2008. Puis, elle entre dans la classe de Jean Ferrandis à l’École Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris, ou elle obtiendra son Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste en 2013. Elle travaille ensuite avec Vicens Prats, soliste de l’Orchestre de Paris lors d’un Master à l’Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya à Barcelone. Elle est lauréate de divers prix aux Concours Les Clés d’Or à Paris, le Concours des Jeunes Artistes de la Flute Society of Washington, et le Golden Classical Music Awards pour lequel elle a été invitée à se produire à Carnegie Hall en tant que soliste. En tant que musicienne d’orchestre et chambriste, elle se produit lors des festivals aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, et en Europe, ainsi qu’avec les Orchestres de la Région Occitanie. Pédagogue diplômée et confirmé, elle enseigne dans au Conservatoire de Foix-Varilhes, dans l’Ariège.

Originally from the Hauts-de-France region, Alice Szymanski studied at the Conservatoire in Arras, the Region Conservatoire in Lille with Chrystel Delaval, and the Regional Conservatoire in Paris with Claude Lefebvre before being accepted into the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, where she obtained a Master's degree with Philippe Bernold and Julien Beaudiment. She then was accepted into the piccolo class of Pierre Dumail at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where she obtained a second Master's degree in piccolo with honors. Also a baroque flautist, she studied traverso with Serge Saitta and obtained a third Master's degree at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.

Other teachers include Vincent Lucas, Vincens Prats, François Laurent, Sandrine Tilly, Sophie Cherrier, Adriana Ferreira, Martin Fahlenbock, Vincent Cortvrint, as well as Alexis Kossenko, Amélie Michel, Marc Hantaï, Carl Kaiser on traverso.

 

As an orchestral musician, she is regularly invited to perform in prestigious ensembles: as principal flute in Carmen at the Opéra de Paris in 2019, as well as the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National Avignon-Provence, and the Orchestre de Cannes, and on flute and piccolo in the Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris, the Orchestre National de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Opéra de Lyon, among others.

 

Alice is a member of the Trio Zerline (flute, viola and harp) which released its first CD on the Paraty label in the spring of 2022, dedicated in particular to the Claude Debussy Sonate and the Toru Takemitsu trio on early 20th century instruments. She is also a member of the duo T for Two with the theorbist Albane Imbs, which promotes 18th century French music, and she plays regularly with guitar on classical flute.

 

Also involved in promoting new and contemporary music, Alice joined the Ulysses network in 2018 and participated in the Ensemble ULYSSES 2018, which brought together young European artists around new music in collaboration with Ircam, the Ensemble Divertimento in Milan, the Ensemble Moderne in Frankfurt, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. Having studied at numerous contemporary music workshops, she obtained a special interpretation prize from the Stockhausen Foundation for her performance of Zungenspitzentanz at Kürten in Germany in 2017 after careful work with Kathinka Pasveer. She is also proficient in free improvisation, to which she was introduced at the CNSMD in Lyon with Jean-Marc Foltz and Henri-Charles Caget. She later worked with artistic personalities such as Jean Geoffroy, Joëlle Léandre, Denis Levaillant, Alexandros Markeas, as well as with the composers Tristan Murail, Alain Louvier, Martin Matalon, Philippe Hurel, Heinz Holliger, Bertrand Dubedout in new music performance.

 

She also hold a Master’s degree in Pedagogy from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon and is certified to teach in France at the highest level. She has been a teacher at the Regional Conservatoire in Toulouse since 2018.