Biography (English)


GRANDE-DUCHESSE is poetry from the piano by singer/songwriter/chansonnier Frans van Hilten (1974).

No hats, beards and tormented bawling.

Yes to classical piano, chanson, jazz, club beats and metal riffs.

Imagine: smokey hotel lobby’s, pretty girls in the bathtub, umbrellas blown inside out, melancholy for youth lost.

In this universe, where Schubert jams with Jacques Brel and Björk dances with the Doors, Frans van Hilten sings his songs by the piano. In Dutch and in English, but sometimes in French or in Russian as well. Since the start of his solo career back in 2003, be recorded a colorful discography. Frans works intensively together with producer and multi-instrumentalist Rob van Berlo, who often accompanies him live on percussion. Frans also likes to include other forms of art like dance, film and poetry.

Grande-Duchesse live in De Nieuwe Regentes, 2014
Grande-Duchesse live at theater De Nieuwe Regentes, The Hague, 2014

That name…

Grande-Duchesse: as a female, French title of nobility it was supposed to indicate a certain subtlety and sensitivity after the heavy rock bands I used to play in before. Besides, there’s another version – rumor has it that I hope to lure people who expect to hear a beautiful lady singing in an outrageous gala dress.