Actress, Musician, and Singer
Trophée des Arts
President of Ardian
7pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8pm Dinner and Live Auction
Support FIAF and celebrate the very best of French culture in New York at our elegant black-tie Trophée des Arts Gala at The Plaza Hotel.
This annual gala raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French, promote Francophone culture, and strengthen the relationship between French and American peoples.
The Trophée des Arts award, established in 1992, recognizes a distinguished artist or cultural icon who exemplifies our organization’s mission of French American friendship and cross-cultural exchange.
The Pilier d’Or award, established in 2006, recognizes a leading business figure, diplomat, or philanthropist for outstanding contributions to the French-American community.
The 2019 Trophée des Arts award will be presented to Charlotte Gainsbourg, musician, singer and actress, a truly glamourous artist.
She is the daughter of British actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
Charlotte Gainsbourg boasts an illustrious acting career. Since the age of 14 she has worked with numerous renowned French and international directors such as Claude Miller, Agnès Varda, Lars VonTrier and Michel Gondry. Charlotte Gainsbourg has won several prestigious awards, including two César Awards and one Palme d’Or for Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Antichrist.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is also an accomplished musician and renowned singer. She has released five albums in French and in English. In 2018, she was crowned Female artist of the year at the French Victoires de la Musique. This year she has toured the US and played at Coachella.
Charlotte Gainsbourg relocated to New York City five years ago.
The 2019 Pilier d’Or will be presented to Dominique Senequier, President of Ardian, one of the largest private investment companies in the world.
Dominique Senequier started her career as an insurance commissioner at the French Ministry of Economy before joining GAN Group, where she was in charge of private equity investments.
Dominique Senequier joined the AXA group in 1996 when she founded AXA Private Equity, which became Ardian in 2013. Today, the company manages and advises over $96 billion of assets, with a team of more than 630 employees based in 15 offices across the world.
Dominique Senequier was one of just seven women admitted to France’s prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in 1972, the first year women were allowed to enroll. Dominique Senequier is Vice-Chairwoman of Hermès’ supervisory board. She was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French state in 2012.