I was born and raised in France, but since the age of 20 I have been living abroad, mostly in the UK (9 years) and in India (11 years). From the age of 6 until 14 I learned the piano. I didn't touch an instrument for over ten years after that, but I still had a passion and an ear for music. I listened to (various types of western underground or independent) music all the time, and for five years I was a 'goth' DJ. At the age of 27 I realised that if I loved music so much it wasn't enough to listen to it, I had to learn an instrument again. Mainly inspired by Tindersticks and later Matt Howden, it had to be the violin...
In Scotland at the time (October 2004) I fell in love with a gorgeous red fiddle made by Steve Burnett and started learning Western violin on my own. In August 2005 I came to North India for the first time, initially because of yoga. I stayed in India for a month and loved it so much that I knew I would come back again for a long time.
Back in Scotland I started taking violin lessons once a month, and within a year I started playing simple duets with other violinist friends. At the end of November 2007 I came back to India for an 'unlimited' amount of time... Initially I wanted to learn Hindi, yoga, ayurveda, and teach English to children. I knew nothing about Indian classical music at the time but I travelled with my violin so I could still practise it. It was my friend and 'sound architect' Michael Northam who encouraged me to learn Indian violin and introduced me to Pt. Sukhdev Prasad Mishra from Varanasi (Banaras). I wasn't sure I wanted to embark on such an endless journey as Indian classical music, bit I started taking classes with Pt. Sukhdev Mishra in April 2008...
Indian classical (Hindustani) violin in Varanasi
At first I didn't actually appreciate Indian music much, but I loved the Indian sitting position and the new sliding technique of Hindustani violin. Most especially I loved my new teacher, and I realised how lucky I was to learn from a traditional master from such an ancient and holy city as Banaras! I also enjoyed the closer connection which exists between Indian teacher and student and going to classes every single day. Gradually I started to understand Indian classical music, and with understanding grew love and devotion.
After a year in India I went back to Europe, but I returned in 2009 to carry on learning Indian violin and I enrolled on a two-year Hindi program at Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Since 2010, I have been performing with Pt. Sukhdev Mishra in various cities of north India, including Varanasi and Shakti Nagar (UP), Haldwani, Rajnagar and Rishikesh (UK), Khajuraho and Jabalpur (MP). In 2012 and 2013. In Varanasi I have performed solo, including on the famous stage of Subah-e-Banaras along the holy river Ganges (December 2014).
Bundeli folk & semi-classical music in Khajuraho
From July 2012 until June 2014 I learnt Bundeli devotional and folk music in Khajuraho from Shri Jayram Trivedi from the Raja Balvant Singh Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. During that period, I performed with Trivedi and his pupils in Khajuraho for various festivals such as Navratri, Makar Sankranti, Republic Day, and Independence Day. I have also worked and performed with famous Bundeli folk singer and Kathak dancer Awantika Dubey.
In 2016 I became a mother, which has slowed down my violin career, but I am slowly resuming the beautiful musical adventure.