CelloChat: Julie Sévilla-Fraysse – Finding One’s Musical Identity

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The enchanting resonance of Julie Sévilla Fraysse’s cello explores all shores, genres, and epochs, adopting various forms to magnify the essence. She thus embodies classical excellence, elegance, and French modernity. Julie, a bold woman, seeks the stage, that timeless moment where music pauses, silence prevails, and time suspends gracefully. Her passion is to share her music, regardless of partners or context; what motivates her is to offer and be heard in her artistic expression. Listening to Julie is to discover alternative perspectives of beauty, to hear a woman’s choice for her independence, a desire that transcends both her personal life and its impact on others.

After being a core member of the Republican Guard Orchestra and then the Paris Opera Orchestra, Julie now dedicates herself to her solo career. Her creative spirit and strong desire for expression lead her to regularly perform solo concerts in various venues and festivals in France and internationally (Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, Gustave Eiffel Salon in Paris, French Embassy in Washington, French House in New York, French Alliance in Malta, etc.). She has already played the major concertos with the Republican Guard Orchestra, the Toulon Opera Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco, and also performs solo programs around J.S Bach and folk music.

Driven by a passion for chamber music, Julie has shared the stage with renowned artists. She has participated in various formations, including the Werther Trio, with which she performed at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival. In sonata formation, she regularly collaborates with pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Anastasia Calmus around a poetry and music program called “French Touch.” Julie also forms a duo with young hip-hop dancer Yann Antonio. She frequently performs alongside harpist Anja Linder and violinist Laurent Korcia, presenting a program dedicated to Franz Schubert.

At the age of 7, Julie began her cello studies at the Conservatoire de Nice, where she obtained her Diplôme d’Études Musicales at 16. At 17, she joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under the guidance of Mr. Roland Pidoux. Thanks to an exchange program of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation, Julie studied at the Juilliard School in New York for a semester. In 2012, she graduated with distinction and became an artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where she worked with Gary Hoffman to obtain her Artist Diploma in 2016. She was a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation in 2013.Because music can soothe souls, Julie also trains in music mediation with the Art-Ondes organization and Pascal Viossat. In 2022, with the support of her patron, Mr. McKelvy, she had the opportunity to perform for severely handicapped children in the United States at Meeting Street and Grace School (Providence). Julie also serves as Artistic Director at CoCreate Humanity, a community of humanitarian peers offering comprehensive, psychosocial, and holistic solutions to support humanitarian workers. She performs monthly in hospitals in the Paris region alongside patients, thanks to the Tournesol Artists at the Hospital association. Julie shares her expertise through Master Classes in Malaysia at the Rhapsody Music Festival, in the United States at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, or in Mexico with musicians from OSUAEH. She serves as president of the string jury at the National Music Competition of Morocco in 2023 and 2024.

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