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Biography

A native of  Montreal, François Zeitouni enjoys a double career as an organist and a pianist. He trained in organ, harmony and improvisation with Raymond Daveluy, at the same time studying piano and chamber music in Lise Boucher’s class at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal, where he graduated “with great distinction.” He continued his piano studies in London with Maria Curcio, also taking part in chamber-music workshops and master classes at the Orford Arts Centre as well as in England at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove.

François Zeitouni regularly performs as a recitalist, on both organ and piano. He has played for a number of music associations, including the Festival de Lanaudière, the Société de musique de chambre de Québec, the Société du Palais Montcalm, Les Amis de l’orgue de Québec, Opus 130, Les Petits violons and Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, for whom he undertook a 35-concert tour during the 2002-2003 season. Much in demand as a chamber musician, he has played alongside such well-known artists as Stéphane Fontaine, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Benoit Loiselle and Olivier Thouin, as well as with the Ensemble Romulo Larrea. Some of his performances have been broadcast over Radio-Canada and the CBC.

Ondisc, he recently recorded the Noëls for organ by Louis-Claude d’Aquin for the XXI-21 label as well as Gabriel Fauré’s works for violin and piano with violinist Olivier Thouin. He has contributed, moreover, to the recordings Bartók and Piazzolla by Les Violons du Roy, both of which were released on the Atma label.

Formany years François Zeitouni held the position of substitute organist at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. He is currently organist at the Église du Gesù, also in Montreal, where he is privileged to perform on one of the most beautiful organs in Québec and to carry on the great musical tradition of those historical premises.

The talent and achievements of François Zeitouni have been rewarded on eight occasions by the Conrad-Letendre support grant. He has also received a CBC Galaxy Award in 2003 as well as grants from the Association des anciens du Conservatoire and the Cercle des cent associés.

 


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