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Aurore Rivals

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Aurore Rivals studies at the CRR (Conservatoire à 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 and international competitions. She is notably finalist of the «Concours National du Jeune Flûtiste» 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".


From 2001 to 2007, she plays with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine and participates in festivals around the country : notably La Folle Journée de Nantes and the Chorégies d’Orange. In 2005, she plays the french composer Didier Marc Garin’s piece Da caccia VI for flute and saxophone soprano with the saxophonist Pedro Bittencourt, during a concert organized by the « Association des Parents d’Élèves du Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud ». From 2008 to 2012, she performs both solo and chamber recitals at Parisian venues such as the Moulin d’Andé and the Salle Cortot. 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 and piano in venues such as the Pécany's Château in Dordogne and the Grand-Théâtre's Salons of Bordeaux. She carries on the promotion of classical repertoire notably at the Festival Orgues d’été and at the Poets' Spring. In 2015, she plays improvised musics during the calligrapher artist Maaya Wakasugi’s performance. In 2016, she becomes part of the association Les Caprices de Marianne, which intends to make classical music open to everybody.

As a novelist, her second novel entitled The Smilers of the Opera (Christian Rolland publisher, March 2012) is introduced at the Paris Book Fair. Her third 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 fourth novel’s extracts entitled Pôle emploi, Pôle émoi (Emue publisher, July 2013) are read at the London French-Language-Loving Festival by actors. Her fifth novel entitled Les hyènes aux portes de la cité (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 Audenge’s Meetings about books, Blaye’s Livres en citadelle, Arès’ 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 première 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 Dictionnaire universel des créatrices (Des femmes publisher, November 2013).

As a painter, she mainly devotes herself to three fields : landscapes ; movies and music celebrities’ portraits ; novels and mythology characters and allegories. She essentially uses ink, watercolour, acrylic and gouache on paper and canvas.
In December 2015 and 2016, her pictures Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and The Dehumanized are exhibited in the context of Débit d'Art 10 and 11, at Gradignan’s Georges de Sonneville museum.