Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, community musician, teacher and flute player from the UK, currently based in Tokyo.
Francesca's work has featured in a range of festivals, including Sonorities, Noise Floor, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and the London Festival of Architecture, and has been performed by a number of ensembles, including Southbank Sinfonia (alumni), GBSR duo, Trio Atem, "Senju Dajare Community Band", Psappha and Red Note ensemble. She developed new electroacoustic work through artist residencies at Elektronmusikstudion (Sweden) and NOVARS (research centre for sound, space and interactive art, UK).
Francesca is the composer and director behind "THE鍵KEY": an immersive, site-specific opera inspired by Tanizaki's novella of the same name, featuring a mixture of Japanese and western artforms. The Suntory Foundation for the Arts awarded the 2019 Tokyo performances the prestigious “Keizo Saji Prize” and the UK premiere was an official event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture.
Francesca has been based in Tokyo since receiving a 2015 Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship. Alongside her compositional activities, Francesca studies traditional instruments, including the sho, which she regularly performs on with The Japan Gagaku Society, and works as a facilitator with the music therapy NPO Kokoro Talk Music. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Manchester and her masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with David Fennessy and Alistair MacDonald.
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