The FRYE festival is celebrating its 20th birthday this year!

The Embassy of France in Canada and the General Consulate of France in the Atlantic Provinces are very pleased to renew their cooperation with the FRYE Festival. This bilingual cultural event began in Moncton in 1999 and it is the largest literary festival in Atlantic Canada. It keeps supporting the development of Francophone literature in Acadia, while broadening horizons to include literature from both languages and cultures.

From April 27 to May 4, the 2019 edition will offer us lots of interesting encounters, namely the presence of the French author Léonor de RÉCONDO.  The multi-faceted artist turns out to be a formidable link between Francophonie and Canada.

Born in Paris in 1976, Léonor de RÉCONDO has a unique artistic identity, torn between the pen and the bow. She started playing the violin at the age of 5 and her remarkable talent brought her to the New England Conservatory of Music in the United States. She thus became the concertmaster of the N.E.C. Symphony Orchestra in Boston, before returning to France to found the Arezzo string quartet, while perfecting her skills with the most prestigious baroque ensembles (Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel).

Not only was she the winner of the Van Wassenaer International Baroque Music Competition in the Netherlands in 2004, but she was also involved in the creation of a chamber music ensemble, L’Yriade.  In February 2009, she directed Purcell Didon and Aeneas’ opera directed by Jean-Paul Scarpitta at the Montpellier National Opera. In 2010, she created a show combining baroque and contemporary music with the singer Emily Loizeau. After recording about fifteen albums, the violin prodigy gradually saw writing become an essential part of her life. Critics have praised her for his work, for instance with the award of the Novel of Students France Culture/Télérama to her book Point cardinal, published in 2017.

She is here at the FRYE Festival to present her new book, Manifesto, published in January 2019.  By reconnecting with the autobiographical vein of her previous writings, she offers a poignant tribute to the tutelary figure of her father.

New Brunswick residents will be able to meet her:

– Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m. at the Dieppe Public Library.

– Friday, May 3 during the Frye Party at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton.


Anna ROHR, collaboratrice auprès du Consulat Général de France à Moncton et Halifax