Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, community musician and teacher from the UK, currently 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 site-specific, Anglo-Japanese opera inspired by Tanizaki's novella of the same name, for an ensemble of singers, a dancer, and Japanese and western instruments. "THE鍵KEY" premiered in a traditional house in Tokyo, 2018, and the 2019 revised premiere won the “Keizo Saji Prize”, awarded for ‘outstanding and challenging performances’ by the Suntory Foundation for the Arts. The UK premiere featured in Tête a Tête: The Opera Festival 2019 and was an official event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture.

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


Francesca Le Lohé