Francis-Paul Demillac (Enyss Djemil)

b. 1917

French

Biography

Enyss Djemil was born in Paris on May 20th 1917. Since March 24th 1973 he has been known as Francis-Paul Demillac. He studied at the Paris Conservatory among other institutions and studied violin with Firmin Touche, conducting with Ion Constantinesco and Bigot and harmony and composition with Aubert and Ropartz. Before the beginning of the Second World War, Demillac played the violin for the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire and was second violin for the Quatuor Maurice Hewitt. After the War, he primarily focussed upon teaching, working for the Baghdad Fine Arts Academy (1947-8), and the Paris International Conservatory (1948-51). Furthermore, he was appointed as director of a number of conservatories: St Brieuc (1951-60), Le Mans (1960-68), Clermont-Ferrand (1968-76) and St. Etienne (1976-81).