Festival Venice of the North

Festival for Chamber Music

Bruges, August 14 - 18, 2019

Francis Mourey

Francis Mourey
Francis Mourey started playing the cello at the age of seven in the Conservatoire National de Région in Besançon (France). When he was 12, he progressed to the CNR of Dijon, studying under Laurent Lagarde. There, he completed his training, studying orchestral conducting with Jean-Sébastien Béreau, organ with Jean-Pierre Leguay, composition with Guy Leclercq and music history with Claude Abromont. At the age of 17 he was awarded the Diplôme d’Études Musicales (formerly the Gold Medal) with highest honours and a year later, the Diplôme de Perfectionnement with distinction. In 2003 he was accepted into the Royal Conservatory of Brussels to study with Marie Hallynck. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree, with first class honours, in 2008. He continued with postgraduate studies, studying under France Springuel in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, and graduated in 2009 with distinction. In 2003, he was the unanimous winner of the Raynaud-Zufluh prize. In 2006, he was awarded the Compte de Kerchkove de Denterghem prize; in 2009 he won first prize in the international Servais competition and the Prix du Patrimoine of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and in 2010 the Père Sury prize. Passionate about his instrument, Francis Mourey continued his development under Mark Drobinsky, Edmond Baert, Guy Danel, Lluis Claret, Michel Strauss, Alexander Kniazev, and Petr Prause. As an orchestral musician, Francis Mourey plays regularly with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Opera of Liège-Wallonia. He has also appeared as soloist, collaborating with such conductors as Martin Yates, Jean-Sébastien Béreau and Bernard Delire, and performing in venues such as the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, the Singel in Antwerp, the Church of the Val-de-Grâce (Paris)… An avid chamber musician, he performs in a duo with pianist Aude Vallée as well as being a member of the Khaldei Trio. Francis Mourey teaches cello at the Academy of Molenbeek-St-Jean and at the school of humanities and classics, Schola Nova. He plays a cello by luthier Tanguy Fraval made in 2014.