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Sylvie Courvoisier (born November 30, 1968 in Lausanne, Switzerland) is a Swiss composer and pianist.
She moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.
Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded over 40 records for different labels, notably ECM, Tzadik and Intakt records.
She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Tom Rainey, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Mark Nauseef among others.

She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater. Her works include: Concerto for electric guitar and chamber orchestra, Balbutiements for vocal quartet and soprano. Commissions include the Vidy Theater of Lausanne, Pro Helvetia and Germany’s Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival.

Her latest releases as a leader are: Abaton with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander on ECM Records (2004), Lonelyville with her quintet on Intakt Records (2007), a solo piano album, Signs and epigrams, on Tzadik Records (2007), and two quartet albums ”To fly to steal (2010) and Hotel du Nord (2011) on Intakt Records.

Since 1995, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada, Japan and Europe. Since 1997, she performs regularly in solo and in Duo with Mark Feldman, their latest release is Oblivia on Tzadik Records (2010).

She is a member of Mephista with Ikue Mori, Susie Ibarra, co-leads the Courvoisier / Feldman Quartet and is the leader her own quintet Lonelyville. Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the new project of the famenco dancer Israel Galvan la Curva.

Awards include Switzerland’s 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs, Zonta Club’s 2000 Prix de la Création, and Switzerland’s 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture.