Works as percussionist, cymbalom and zarb player, vocal performer, stage director and musical creator. A student of Gérard Hiéronimus, she also worked with Francis Branna, Gaston Sylvestre and Jean-Pierre Drouet. In 1986, she co-founded ensemble S :i.c and worked as artistic director until 2008. Since 1987, she has collaborated with Georges Aperghis as performer, assistant or stage director for many of his projects. She also staged works by Samuel Beckett, John Cage, René Daumal, Vinko Globokar, Mauricio Kagel and Dieter Schnebel. Besides her concert activities, Françoise was a teacher in the „Master of Composition and Theory – Theatre Musical“ program at Bern University of the Arts (HKB) from 2004 to 2017. She is also active in many artistic adventures that involve people with handicaps (physical, mental or social) in order to underline the richness of difference. In 2019/20/21, Françoise Rivalland is looking forward to musical creations and stage productions as well as cimbalom performances with works by Georges Aperghis, Luigi Boccherini, Pierre Boulez, Stefano Gervasoni, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Thierry Machuel, Igor Stravinsky, Aya Yoshida and others.
Françoise Rivalland has been percussion tutor in Darmstadt since 2018.