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My name is Nolwenn Collet.
I am a French musician who improvises and composes for dance:
I have been writing music for ballet class from the very moment I started playing for dancers.
When I compose, It is as if I was telling a story...
So let's start with a few lines about me!
...is where I was born, in a family of musicians and cat-lovers!We travelled a lot, lived in different countries, experienced different cultures but wherever we went we always had MUSIC and CATS!
From the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic and PACIFIC OCEAN in New Caledonia, NATURE and especially THE SEA have always inspired me as I have spent most of my life living on Islands!
...is a big part of my life...
I have been playing the piano since I was 3. I studied and graduated in solo piano performance, piano accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, chamber music, and music analysis from Luxembourg Conservatoire, Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, which helped me develop as a performer, an improviser and a composer:
I especially love to write for PIANO and DANCERS!
...is the city where my parents met.
This is also where I trained as a musician and first worked for dance...by pure accident!
After I graduated in piano accompaniment, I was appointed as permanent accompanist for instruments and singers in the Conservatoire Erik Satie, the Conservatoire of the 7th arrondissement in Paris [Conservatoires in France have been teaching Music, Dance and Drama under the same roof ever since Paris Opéra was created by Louis XIV]. So, one day, I was asked to accompany my first ballet class since the regular pianist was away and so the journey began!
...is a never ending source of inspiration for musicians.
I was very fortunate to train in the Paris Conservatoire and then under Laurent Choukroun, Pianist at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
Playing for ballet class IS AN ART FORM. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of centuries of tradition of Paris Opera Ballet, that is directly linked to the foundation of BALLET and its musical accompaniment [Louis XIV].
Watching somebody dance is an invitation to translate it into music. Dance nurtures my IMAGINATION as a musician.
...is the core of my work with dancers.
This is how I interact with their movements, their phrasing, their breathing...The way a dancer moves directly influences how I play a note, a melody, a piece.. There are many ways to improvise music for a ballet class, many ways to translate movement in music... and many ways to dance to a piece of music...
A simple Plié conveys fluidity, strength, and stillness at the same time...
How will I choose to express this musically? How will I create inspiring MUSIC FOR BALLET CLASS?
As a musician, my constant quest is to best express dance into music, so that music and dance can merge into one EXPRESSION of single artistic intention.
Yes, I like a good baguette...and wear a lot of stripes with the occasional beret! [I have stopped wearing onions around my neck]
I am also absolutely passionate about what I do. Creating original music for ballet class is to me an incredibly rich source of INSPIRATION.
Playing and creating Music For Ballet Class IS an art form and this is why I chose this as a career.
Being able to share the music I create for ballet class is a JOY!
I record regularly. While working on new album projects, why not keep in touch?
Would you like to be informed when a new album becomes available? Would you like to share any suggestions?
Then don't hesitate to use the contact form and I will keep you posted!