French Women Composers

Throughout history, there have been many French women composers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female composers such as Kathie Lee Gifford, Nadia Boulanger, Eva Green, Amanda Lear, Lili Boulanger.

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 1 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 2 Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger
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Famous As: Music Teacher
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.

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 3 Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1918

 4 Catherine Ringer

Catherine Ringer
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

Catherine Ringer is a French singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She is credited with co-founding the popular pop-rock group Les Rita Mitsouko which was one of the most acclaimed French musical acts in the 1980s and 1990.

 5 Marina Kaye

Marina Kaye
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marseille, France

 6 Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Lizzy Mercier Descloux
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 20, 2004

 7 Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: August 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 13, 1944
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 8 Pauline Viardot

Pauline Viardot
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: July 18, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1910

 9 Olivia Merilahti

Olivia Merilahti
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 10 Germaine Tailleferre

Germaine Tailleferre
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 19, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Died: November 7, 1983

It is believed French composer Germaine Tailleferre had started composing at the tender age of 5. She later grew up to be the only woman in Henry Collet’s Les Six, or The French Six. Among her many accolades are the Medal of the City of Paris and the Prix Italia.

 11 Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 12 Louise Farrenc

Louise Farrenc
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 31, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 15, 1875

 13 Charlotte de Rothschild

Charlotte de Rothschild
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899

 14 Maria Malibran

Maria Malibran
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 23, 1836

 15 Trobairitz

Trobairitz
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: not known

 16 Cécile Corbel

Cécile Corbel
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pont-Croix, France

 17 Oklou

Oklou
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poitiers, France

 18 Comtessa de Dia

Comtessa de Dia
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Montélimar, France
Died: 1225 AD
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 19 Yvonne Loriod

Yvonne Loriod
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houilles, France
Died: May 17, 2010

 20 CloZee

CloZee
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France

 21 Henriette Renie

Henriette Renie
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: September 18, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 1, 1956

 22 Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre
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Famous As: Composer, Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1665
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 27, 1729

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre was a French musician, harpsichordist, and composer. Born into a family of musicians and master instrument-makers, she received her initial musical training from her father. She worked as a musician in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Following her marriage to organist Marin de La Guerre, she taught and composed music.