A French composer born September 30, 1936 in Courbevoie.
After studying the piano with Yvonne Lefébure, Monic Cecconi-Botella entered the Paris Conservatory and gained a diploma for harmony in the class of Maurice Duruflé, for counterpoint and fugue with Simone Plé-Caussade, as well as for composition in the classes of Jean Rivier and Henri Dutilleux. She won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1966.
Cecconi-Botella composes operas, music for orchestra and many chamber music works. These include Instants for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and string orchestra, premiered by Anne Bartelloni, Guy Deplus and the Orchestre de Chambre de l'ORTF conducted by André Girard in Paris, Salle Gaveau (1970); D’ailleurs for percussion, two ondes Martenot and electric guitar, first performed by Tristan Murail, Françoise Pellie, Claude Pavy and Michel Gastaud at the Semaines Musicales d'Orléans in 1973; Comptine for carillon, first performed by Renaud Gagneux at the Fêtes du Pont Neuf (1980); Les oiseaux sont encore autorisés à voler for wind quintet, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture (1982); Noctuaile, opera with a libretto by René David, premiered in 1984 on television on FR3; La femme de l’ogre, a radiophonic opera commissioned by Radio France (1989); Il signait... Vincent, an ‘opéra-passion’ based on the life of Van Gogh, the libretto by Jacques Unal (1991); Pirlipipi, opera for children (2002); French suite, miniature opera, first performed in Pittsburgh (2013).
Among the important encounters that have marked her itinerary are those notably with the conductor Rudolf Kempe, who invited her several times to Munich between 1975 and 1981, the director of the Théâtre de Tours, Michel Jarry, who premiered her opera on Van Gogh, as well as the writers Philippe Soupault and Pierre Gripari, of whom she set to music several poetic texts.
Involved in musical life, Monic Cecconi-Botella takes part in the organisation of the concerts of the Ensemble de L’Itinéraire (1973-1975), she founded the orchestral ensemble Thème et Variations as well as the vocal meetings À Portée de voix in Enghien-Les-Bains, and she founded and directs the Ensemble Orchestral du Luberon(2008) and the festival Les Saisons de la Voixin Gordes, Provence.
Monic Cecconi-Botella has also been a teacher of musical analysis at the Paris Conservatory (1982-2002).