Clémence Tilquin began her musical life at the early age of 6 on the cello. She pursued studies at the Haute Ecole of the Conservatoire de Musique of Geneva, and graduated with a Diplome de Soliste. Her career began mainly as a chamber musician around Europe as well as Japan. The lyricism she found playing the cello inspired her to study singing with Danielle Borst and following postgraduate studied she was awarded a Soloists Masters degree with distinction, as well as the Prix Ville de Genève.
A winner of the prestigious Leenaards and Mosetti Foundations awards, Clémence Tilquin perfected her voice in London, Brussel, Oslo and Milan.
Clémence first appeared in opera at Opera Royal de Wallonie as Papagena and at Geneva's Grand Théâtre in 2011 in roles such as Amour (Orphée et Eurydice/ Gluck), Ninetta (Les Vêpres Siciliennes/ Verdi) and La Princesse (Love for three oranges/ Prokofiev).
Following this she found success in roles such as La Princesse at the Aix-en-Provence festival (L'enfant et les sortilèges/ Ravel), Clairette (La Fille de Madame Angot) in Liège, Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore/ Donizetti) in Bregenz, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi/ Puccini), Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea/ Monteverdi) with L.Garcia-Alarcon.
Then, Clémence was Elettra (Idomeneo/Mozart) at the Montpellier Opera, Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne/Offenbach), Elvira (L'Italiana in Algeri/Rossini) and Frasquita (Carmen/Bizet) for Avignon Opera, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte/Mozart) with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Brigitte (Offenbach) for Nancy Opera, Lucinde (Le Médecin malgré lui/Gounod) at Geneva’s Grand Theatre, Fannì (La cambiale di matrimonio/Rossini) and Alcina (Orlando furioso/Vivaldi) in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
As a concert artist she has performed Ellias/Mendelssohn and Rossini Stabat Mater with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Gounod for the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venice, Dvorak/Stabat mater, a program of Schonberg Pierrot Lunaire and Dallapiccola in the Amsterdam Musikgebauw, Kurtag's poems in Basel and Stravinsky songs with Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris…
Recent recordings include Requiem/Neukomm with Jean-Claude Malgoire, the title role in Cendrillon/Frank Martin for Radio Suisse Romande (Gold Diapason), Colombe in Ascanio/Saint-Saens, Anakrôn/ Sturzenegger and la Religieuse in Proserpine/Saint-Saens with the Bayerischen Rundfunk Orchestra.
Clémence Tilquin has collaborated with conductors such as John Nelson, Michel Corboz, Alexander Lazarev, James Loughran, Wolfgang Rihm, Emmanuel Krivine, Yves Abel and Michail Jurowski.
She’s looking forward to performing Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito/ Mozart, Berenice in l’Occasione fa il ladro at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Vier letzten Lieder/Strauss…