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Claudine Simon is a pianist, artist, improviser and performer. She has engaged in sound creation work with choreographers, composers and stage directors alike. She defines her practice as being about establishing links and relations between our sensibilities, our perceptions as well as between our manual and emotional skills.
Claudine was trained by Jean-Francois Heisser, Marie-Josèphe Jude and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where she got to meet various people that have nourished her musical path.
Whether as a soloist or as a chamber musician, she regularly performs in many different venues in France: Opera de Lyon, La Roque d’Anthéron, l’Opéra Comique, Cité de la Musique, Hotel National des Invalides, festival de Tautavel d’Aix-en-Provence, Rencontres Artistiques de Bel Air, and also abroad (tours in India, China, Europe…).
Her personal relation to improvisation took shape during her studies at the Paris CNSMD and her training with Alain Savouret (generative improvisation course). Since then, her practice has been constantly enhanced by artistic exchanges with composers and improvisers with whom she frequently collaborates (Samuel Sighicelli, Elise Dabrowski, ensemble Op.cit, Jocelyn Mienniel…) and with fulfillment of projects of her own initiative.
She has created various performing pieces: Au Fil de Petroucka, written for two pianists and three dancers; Drôles de K for one pianist, two dancers and one video artist – awarded with the prix des innovateurs du CNSMD de Paris; Once Upon a Time, a piece of musical theatre for four speaking musicians; and Phase Music, an exploration of minimalist music for two pianists, one video artist and a plastic artiste/performer.
She took part in the creation of Chant d’Hiver by Samuel Sighicelli, musical, sound-designing, theatrical and visual performance based on texts by Tanguy Viel.
With the singer and double bass player Elise Dabrowski she has been forming an ongoing improvising duet aiming at creating acoustic and stylistic contrasts for the reading of poetic texts. She has been invited to perform for the “A l’improviste” radio show hosted by Anne Montaron on France Musique.
In 2017, she created and performed the music for SOLI.DES by the choregrapher Sébastien Laurent, a piece for a pianist and a dancer. In 2018, she took part as a musician and stage actress in the creation of Critical Phase by Samuel Sighicelli, based on the work of Pierre Kuentz. This same year she created and performed with Elise Dabrowski, the stage soundtrack for Comment s’en Sortir sans Sortir, a theatrical play directed by Frederique Aït-Touati, based on words by Ghérasim Luca.
She is currently working on the creation of Pianomachine, a show combining musical, visual and choreographical research.