About : Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) is a rare French female composers. From a family of means, she showed signs of her musical gifts at an early age. She received the encouragement of de Camille Saint-Saëns, Emmanuel Chabrier and Georges Bizet.A concert pianist she performed especially in England. As a composer, she often wrote for piano and voice. She is however also known to flutists, for whom she wrote beautiful pieces.