Emmanuel Francois is a very active musician, performing recitals, chamber music, concertos, and playing with renowned ensembles. He performs extensively in Europe, but also tours regularly to the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong-Kong, Taïwan, Australia, Ecuador...


Former principal viola of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, he also worked as guest principal for orchestras such as Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre d'Auvergne Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (orchestra of the Sydney Opera House), Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, Australian Chamber Orchestraand Ensemble Intercontemporain, amongst others.


In 2017, he joined the award-winning Van Kuijk Quartet. As HSBC Laureates, BBC New Generation Artists and ECHO Rising Stars, the quartet performs on international concert stages including the Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, amongst many others, and have studied with Günter Pichler, first violinist of the Alban Berg String Quartet, at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in Madrid. The quartet records exclusively for Alpha Classic, with their debut recording of Mozart quartets receiving outstanding critical acclaim - CHOC de Classica and Diapason d'Or Découverte. Their latest disc featuring Schubert's 10th and 14th quartets was released in October 2018.


Emmanuel Francois studied the violin in Geneva (HEM) with Marie-Annick Nicolas, where he was awarded a Concert Diploma. He then studied the viola in Lyon (CNSMD) with Jean-Philippe Vasseur and Francoise Gnéri, and was awarded a Master's degree and an Artist Diploma. He has participated in masterclasses with Antoine Tamestit, Yuri Bashmet, Tatjana Masurencko, Atar Arad and Thomas Riebl.


Emmanuel has won prizes in international competitions including the Wolfgang Märschner (Germany) and Beethoven Hradec International Music Competition (Czech Republic).


Deeply interested in teaching, Emmanuel teaches viola at CNSMD de Paris, Bordeaux Conservatory and Bordeaux Aquitaine Pôle Supérieur Musique et Danse (PESMD).