Séverine Ballon

Séverine Ballon’s work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. She studied the cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. She perfected her contemporary cello technique with cellists Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch and Rohan de Saram. Ballon particularly enjoys working with contemporary composers and has worked with Helmut Lachenmann, Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders and Liza Lim. She has premiered a number of solo works which have been written especially for her. She has also worked with many of the best known contemporary music ensembles including Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ictus. She is a member of the Elision Ensemble (Australia). She composed and interpreted the original music of the long feature movie The Ornithologist (2016) by João Pedro Rodrigues. Currently she is working on developing extended techniques for her instrument and finding an appropriate notation.

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