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 research 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. During 2004-05, she was an academist at the Ensemble Modern (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie). She perfected her contemporary cello technique with cellists Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch, and Rohan de Saram. During 2005-06, she was solo cellist of the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, but subsequently decided to concentrate on contemporary music and on the premiere of new works.
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 by composers such as Rebecca Saunders, Mauro Lanza, and Franck Bedrossian. 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), and she is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford's CCRMA. This concert will feature works for cello and multichannel electronics, including new compositions by CCRMA's Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Eoin Callery.
Note: This event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28th.