Francesca Le Lohé

Composer and Director

2017 R&D, Tokyo 2018 (world premiere), Tokyo 2019 (revised premiere), London 2019 (UK premiere)

Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, community musician and flute player from the UK. ​​

After completing her undergraduate at the University of Manchester, Francesca pursued a Masters in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with David Fennessy and Alistair MacDonald.

Francesca’s work has featured in a range of festivals, including Sonorities , Noise Floor, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and the London Festival of Architecture, and has been performed by a number of ensembles, including Southbank Sinfonia (alumni), GBSR Duo, Trio Atem, Sounds of the Engine House, Psappha and Red Note ensemble. She developed new electroacoustic work through artist residencies at Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm), and NOVARS (research centre for sound, space and interactive art, UK). 

​In 2015, Francesca was awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship (2015-2017) and relocated to Tokyo. During the scholarship, Francesca began studying three traditional Japanese instruments: shakuhachi, biwa, and the sho which she performed on regularly with The Japan Gagaku Society. She received premieres and developed new work for soloists, the community improviser group “Senju Dajare Music Orchestra” and for theatre, composing for Nelke Planning, Whole Hog Theatre and Gorch Brothers adaptation of ‘Tristan and Isolde’. Since 2017, as composer and director Francesca has developed “THE鍵KEY”.


“This has been a seminal project for me, enabling me to take my work in new directions and really develop my practice. It has been incredibly exciting and rewarding to finally create this work in collaboration with so many fantastic people across the world, all of whom brought so much to “THE鍵KEY”.”