August 8, 1857
April 18, 1944 in Monte-Carlo
Also Known As:
Her full name is Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade, she was a composer and pianist.
Type of Compositions:
Especially known for her piano pieces, she also wrote melodies, salon songs, orchestral suites, an opera and a ballet.
She had several teachers including Félix Le Couppey, Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick and Savard. She studied composition with Benjamin Godard.
In all Chaminade composed almost 400 pieces. Some of her popular works are The Flatterer, Scarf Dance, Andante from Sonata in C minor (1895), Flute Concertino and Concertstück, Op.40.
Chaminade began playing the piano at age 8. Her first public recital occurred when she was 18. In 1892, she made her debut in England followed by her American debut in 1908 playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Chaminade went on extensive tours where she performed her pieces and gained popularity especially in France.
Listen to samples of Cécile Chaminade's music from Naxos.