FRANCOIS RÉGIS CHANON
A native of Burgundy, France, Francois Chanon was born into a large musical family that includes not only professional musicians, but instrument makers (organ builder and violin maker). He began his cello studies at age ten, receiving numerous prizes during the course of his training in France. At the Juilliard School, he later graduated with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in cello performance as a student of Leonard Rose. Mr. Chanon has played with several outstanding orchestras in France and the United States, including the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Lyon, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. As a tenured Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestras, he has taught at the Conservatoire de Musique de Belfort, France, the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Lorient in Brittanty as well as the University of Colorado in Boulder while preparing a post graduate diploma in cello performance. He has studied cello with Harvey Shapiro, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose, chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and William Lincer, string pedagogy with Louise Behrens at the School for Strings in New York and Irene Sharp, orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi, Jorg Bierhance and Markand Thakar. He includes among his mentors the noted pedagogue Margaret Rowell. Mr. Chanon came to Southern Florida to join his family and has played with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Symphony as well as the Boca Raton Symphonia, South West Florida Symphony, and Opera Naples. He has performed with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra since 2012.