Sandrine FRANCOIS studied music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Pierre-Yves Artaud where she was unanimously awarded a First Prize in flute and a First Prize in chamber music. She continued her studies in the USA at the Oberlin Conservatory in Michel Debost’s class thanks to a Lavoisier grant from the French government.
She obtained her CA as a flute teacher in 1995 as well as her pedagogy diploma from the CNSM of Paris.
Winner of the Bucharest International Competition, she was first principal flute of the Philharmonie de Lorraine in Metz, then principal flute of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Professor at the Conservatoire since 1996.
Passionate about pedagogy, she also teaches at the Haute école des arts du Rhin de Strasbourg (HEAR) for Bachelor and Master students and created the International Flutissimo course from 2005 to 2008.
She trains future professionals in the orchestral profession as well as in teaching, and also acts as a jury member or in various training sessions.
She is regularly invited to give master-classes in the USA, China, Korea, Japan, England, Canada, Poland, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Latvia, Czech Republic, Italy, Paris…
She regularly performs as a soloist with various orchestras and in chamber music in eclectic repertoires in duo with harp, percussion, cymbalum and piano and with the Ensemble Accroche-Note.
In 2008, she recorded “Bluesy prélude” with pianist Philippe Barbey-Lallia, and in 2013 the CD “Aubade à la lune” for flute, string trio and harp was released with the Ensemble Aeneas.
In 2016 she created the children’s show “La flûte de la Salute” based on a text by Marie Malherbe, which allows her to combine music and theatre.
She teaches every summer in different academies such as Groix or Nancy.