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Yves Tremorin

Séverine Ballon

Cellist and composer, fully committed to the renewal of her repertoire, Séverine Ballon nourishes her work by frequenting the key works of the repertoire as well as her numerous collaborations with composers, in the intimacy of the sound factory. Composing for her own instrument, the cello, is like a secret garden, a daily walk to observe the cultivated sounds, to look at them with a magnifying glass, to organize them and to discover such rich and fascinating lives. She studied cello at the Hochschule Berlin and Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. She studied composition at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Johannes Schöllhorn. She perfected her contemporary cello technique with Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch, Rohan de Saram, and with the Ensemble Modern Akademie in 2004-2005. She was solo cellist with the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra in 2005-2006, and then decided to concentrate on contemporary music and creation. Séverine Ballon particularly favors exchanges and work with composers and has premiered numerous solo works by Rebecca Saunders, Chaya Czernowin, Mauro Lanza, Francesca Verunelli, Liza Lim, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri among others.

Winner of the Luc Ferrari competition (2019), she composed in 2021 the literary show I am honored to be born in your head for a narrator and three musicians, on texts by Babouillec, a show produced by La Muse en Circuit. She composed and performed the original music for the feature film 'The Ornithologist' by Joao Pedro Rodrigues (2016). In 2009, she was in artist residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) In 2014-2015, she was invited to Harvard University as a visiting fellow thanks to a grant from the Harvard French Scholarship Fund and Arthur Sachs. In 2016-2017, she is a visiting artist at CCRMA/Stanford University.

Her CD Solo Solitude (works by Rebecca Saunders, Mauro Lanza, James Dillon, Liza Lim, Thierry Blondeau, AEON/outhere) was awarded Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Bestenliste, 5 diapasons, coup de coeur academie Charles Cros. His CD Inconnaissance (All That Dust) presents a cycle of 8 solo pieces composed between 2016 and 2018 for his solo instrument, and received a coup de coeur 2019 from the Académie Charles Cros.

Works in le Vivier's repertoire