Graciane Finzi

b. 1945

British

Biography

Born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1945, Graciane Finzi studied music at the Casablanca Conservatory where her parents were teachers. In 1955, she began studied at the Paris Conservatory, learning the piano with Joseph Benvenuti, through which she developed an interest in composition. She began working as a composer after completing her studies and was director of the Festival de la Défense from 1975 to 1979 whereupon she began teaching at the Paris Conservatory. She also served as vice-president of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) and of Société Nationale, as well as being an official representative to the Association Français d’Action Artistique (AFAA). 

Over the course of her career, Finzi won several awards: SACEM Grand Prix de la Promotion Symphonique, Georges Enesco Prize, SACEM Grand Prix and the SACD Prize for her opera Pauvre Assassin (premiered in Strasbourg at Opéra du Rhin). Her works have a reputation for often combining different genres and folk styles. She composes for music theatre, voice, solo instruments, chamber ensemble and orchestra, but is particularly noted for the quality of her operas.