Today we’d like to introduce you to Francois Chouchan.
Hi Francois, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started my chamber music concert series 12 years ago at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Chamber Music has to be performed in intimate spaces, where you can feel the vibrations of each instrument,
look at the magical interaction between each performer, feel the essence of the music. In a big venue, you miss most of it. A concert pianist myself, I always thought that chamber music has to be performed in small venues, with the audience close to the musicians. I got my inspiration from Queen Marie Antoinette, who created her Salon de Musique in Versailles, and from my mentor Franz Schubert, who organized his Schubertiaden in Vienna. They invited people to join them for a magical afternoon of music, sharing their passion and emotions with their friends seating around the artists, without any stage or separation. Because of Covid, I decided to relocate my concert series in San Diego last September,
Our events take place at the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club. Each performance is introduced by a musicologist, and followed by a Q & A between the artists and the audience, with a high tea buffet with French Champagne.
We have 9 events per season, between October and June, once a month, always on a Sunday afternoon, between 4 pm and 7 pm.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
After eleven years in Los Angeles, we became very successful. Because of Covid, it was impossible for us to organize our events at the Music Center anymore. This is why I decided to relocate our concert series in San Diego. It is a new challenge for us, we have to restart from zero, to build a new audience, and to become visible.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a concert pianist. I studied at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris for 15 years. I got my first prize of piano and my first prize of chamber music.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Perseverance and strong motivation, and my strong love for music.
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- Website: www.LeSalondeMusiques.com