Biography

Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, flautist and community musician from the UK, based in Tokyo. After graduating from the University of Manchester (2011) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (studying composition with David Fennessy, 2013), Francesca was awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship in 2015. Whilst in Japan, Francesca has pursued the study of three traditional Japanese instruments, performed regularly with The Japan Gagaku Society and has received premieres and commissions of new work for soloists, community groups and theatre.

Since 2017, as composer and director, Francesca has developed "THE鍵KEY"; a new site-specific, dramatic musical work inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s novella ‘The Key’ (1956), premiered in Tokyo, May 2018 to great acclaim. The project continues to evolve, with further performances projected for 2019 in Japan and the UK.

Francesca’s work has been performed and commissioned by UK based ensembles including Psappha ensemble, Red Note ensemble, Trio Atem and Sounds of the Engine House and has featured in festivals such as Sonorities, SARC Belfast and Noise Floor, Staffordshire University. She has undertaken residencies at Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, and NOVARS, University of Manchester in order to develop new electroacoustic work.

Photo: Kohei Usuda

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