Léonor de Récondo
Born in 1976 in France, Léonor de Récondo learned to play violin at the age of five. Her natural talent was quickly noticed, and she had her own television show with France Télévisions by the time she was a teenager. At 18, she was awarded the Lavoisier scholarship by the government of France, allowing her to pursue studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While there, she became a solo violinist for the NEC Symphony Orchestra. Developing an interest in baroque music upon her return to France, de Récondo has has played with several prestigious baroque ensembles, has been first violin under the direction of several great conductors, has won the International Van Wassenaer competition in the Netherlands, and has recorded about 15 albums.
She published her first novel, Grâce du cypress blanc, in October 2010, followed by Rêves oubliés, a novel about a family’s exile during the Spanish War, in 2012 and Pietra viva, a critically acclaimed novel on the life and work of Michelangelo, in 2013. Amours, published in 2015, won the Prix des libraires and the Prix RTL/Lire, while Point cardinal, published in 2017, was shortlisted for the Fnac prize, was voted best novel for the France Culture/Télérama prize by students, and was fifth on the Livres Hebdo des libraires bestsellers list. She returned to autobiographical fiction in her most recent book, Manifesto, published in January 2019.