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Aurore Rivals

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Aurore Rivals studies at the CRR (Conservatoire ŕ Rayonnement Régional) of Bordeaux. She obtains the « Diplôme Professionnel de Perfectionnement Musical » of flute in Samuel Coles’ class and of contemporary chamber music in Marie-Bernadette Charrier’s class. Then, she goes to the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot in Pierre-Yves Artaud’s Class and she obtains the « Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste ». She also practises with the flutists Jean Ferrandis, Philippe Pierlot and Vincent Lucas. She takes part in national competitions : she is notably finalist of the «Concours National du Jeune Flűtiste» and she unanimously wins the second prize of the «Concours Nérini».

At the same time, she carries on a course of study at the University Paris IV Sorbonne and obtains his doctorate of musicology, with distinction and jury's congratulations. Her thesis is about the first five operas of the hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös.
She obtains a scholarship from the Peter Eötvös Foundation of Contemporary Music for her participation at the 25th International Festival and Seminar Béla Bartók of Szombathely. Her thesis obtains the Hungarica Prize (Accessit) from the "Association des Amis de l'Institut Hongrois de Paris".


As a musician, she plays with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine and participates in festivals around the country, notably La Folle Journée de Nantes and the Orange Chorégies, from 2001 to 2007. In 2012, she is invited to play Peter Eötvös’ piece for solo flute Cadenza at the CDMC (Centre de Documentation de la Musique Contemporaine). In 2013, she goes back to her native area and plays in duets with harp, piano and organ in venues such as Dordogne Château Pécany, Bordeaux Grand-Théâtre Salons and Bordeaux Cathedral Saint-André. She carries on the promotion of classical repertoire notably at the Summer Organs Festival and at the Poets' Spring. In 2015, she plays improvised musics during the calligrapher artist Maaya Wakasugi’s performance.

As a writer, her novel The Smilers of the Opera (Christian Rolland publisher, March 2012) is introduced at the Paris Book Fair. Her novel Les enfants du Bassin (Vents Salés publisher, May 2013) gets her to make many dedications in venues such as Cap-Ferret’s Hotel Côté sable (presenter : Pascal Bataille) and Le Moulleau. Her novel’s extracts Pôle emploi, Pôle émoi (Emue publisher, July 2013) are read at the London French-Language-Loving Festival by actors. Her novel Hyenas at the city's gates (Bijoux de Famille publisher, November 2015) is the subject of a concert and readings in the context of Libraries' night 2017 at Pessac’s media library Jacques Ellul. She is invited to promote her books at Book Fairs Blaye’s Livres en citadelle, Arčs’ Les Pages du Bassin and Musicora.
She also writes a book of interviews about Peter Eötvös’ operas (Aedam Musicae publisher, July 2012) and works with internationally famous opera singers such as Mireille Delunsch and Topi Lehtipuu. She is invited to the premičre of the opera Lady Sarashina (Opéra National de Lyon, March 2008) and the one of the opera Love and Other Demons (Glyndebourne’s Opera House, August 2008).
She writes seven entries for the Universal dictionary of creative women (Des femmes publisher, November 2013).
She is offered a writing grant from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region for her book Flutes’ little stories (Aedam Musicae publisher, October 2018) within the framework of industry contract book 2018-2020.

As a painter, her pictures Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and The Dehumanized are exhibited in the context of Débit d'Art 10 (december 2015) and Débit d'Art 11 (december 2016), at Gradignan’s Georges de Sonneville museum. The exhibition Animals, Pierrots and Princesses is organized by Bordeaux Métropole in the context of Libraries' night 2017 at Pessac’s media library Jacques Ellul.