MAWOMA IN PORTRAITS
FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF MAWOMA
Clémence Guerrand was born in Avignon in 1982. She claims not to have ‘chosen’ her career as a pianist, but that this instrument was naturally put forward as an obvious choice: “my grandfather was a pianist. At age three I was already spending my life listening to the piano.”
At age four, she began to play. The following year, she entered the Avignon Conservatoire. Here, she gained two first prizes [now D.F.S degrees], in piano and chamber music, before joining the Marseille Conservatoire to do the ‘cycle de perfectionnement’ [advanced course].
Supervised by international soloist and teacher Bernard d’Ascoli, she then undertook several concert tours abroad. Her training continued at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with a season of concerts with Bruno Rigutto and Mickaël Wladowski.
In 2016, noting that there was a very low number of female conductors,she decided to create a competition aiming to promote young female conductor talents. She chose to name this competition MAWOMA, meaning Music and Women Maestros.
MAWOMA JURY PRESIDENT
Born in Paris in 1963, Frédéric Chaslin is a conductor, a pianist and a composer.
Musical directorof the Jerusalem Symphony orchestra since 2011, he studied at the Paris National Conservatoire, where he gained first prizes in harmony, in Roger Boutry’s class, in counterpoint, in piano accompaniment, in leading singing and orchestration, and then at the Mozarteum in Salzbourg, where he obtained a diploma in Lieder accompaniment from Paul Von Schilawski in 1981. He then became Daniel Barenboïm’s assistant at the Paris orchestra and at the Bayreuth festival, then Pierre’s Boulez’ assistant at the ensemble intercontemporain. He has, successively, been musical director at the Rouen opera (1991-1994), at the Nationaltheater de Manheim (2004-2007), and at the Santa-Fe opera in the United States (2009-2013). Since 1999 he has also been conductor in residence at the Staatsoper in Vienna, where he has conducted the philharmonic orchestra more than 250 times.
In his role of pianist,he gave three solo performances of Beethoven’s 5th concerto at the Staatsoper in Vienna in October 2001, and performed Ravel’s solo concerto in Nagoya, Trieste, Jerusalem and Paris.
As a composer,Frédéric Chaslin has written five operas and numerous melodies and lieder for both piano and orchestra. His most recent opera, “La Morte Amoureuse [The Dead Woman in Love]” an adaptation of Théophile Gauthier’s novella, with libretto by P.H Fisher, was produced in 2014 by the Festival Of the Voices, Phoenicia (New York) and the Cleveland Public Theatre.
Frédéric Chaslin has also published two books:“La musique dans tous les sens [Music in every sense]” published by France-Empire, then a second novel, “On achève bien Malher [We do Malher well]”, published by Fayard in October 2017.