Catherine Joussellin, singer and violist

Musical training

After earning a degree in musicology from the University of Paris VIII in 1977, she received a grant to further her training at the European Seminar of Early Music in Bruges.

She studied viola da gamba with Christophe Coin and Christine Plubeau at the University of Paris VII.

She worked on her singing with Christiane Patard and won a First prize for singing at the CNSR of Paris in 1992 with unanimous approval.

Artistic activity

She joined the Choir of the Chapel Royal conducted by Philippe Herreweghe in 1980 and later participated in the ensemble's productions.

She sang under R. Clemencic, G. Leonhardt, S. Kuijken, P. Eötvös, M. Minkowski, P. Van Nevel, and performed with them on record and at numerous festivals and tours throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and India.

She was a founding member of the ensembles "Discantus" and "Alla francesca."

She sang with the G. Binchois , W. Byrd, A sei voci, Les jeunes solistes, Douce mémoire, Sagittarius, and Huelgas ensembles, as well as the Boston Camerata.

In 1989, she founded the ensemble "Amadis," which explored a repertoire extending from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, melded musical practice and musicological research, and collaborated with Jean-Pierre Ouvrard and the Center of Early Music of Tours on the production of the disc "Le Chansonnier Nivelle de la Chaussée."

She recorded too "Sur les chemins de Saint Jacques" (1998), "Musique au temps de Jehanne d'Arc" (1999), "Cantos de la vida" (2004) and "Anges ou Démons" (2008).

She created the following performances:
based on "Le Roman de Fauvel" for the festival of Lanvellec in 1994
"The legend of Eaten Heart" for France Culture in 1996
"The medieval story of Tristan and Isolde" for the festival of Souvigny en Sologne in 1998
"I trionfi d'amore" in the National Museum of Middle Ages in Paris in 2001
"From the Guadalquivir to the Amazon's river" in Guyana in 2003
"Eulogy to femininity" in Orléans in 2004
"Cantos de la vida" for the Festival Musica Medieval of Carrazeda in 2007
"From Damascus gardens to the banks of Danube" in Fränkischer Sommer in 2010
"From Prague to Compostela" for the festival l'Escarène in 2011
"Le Parzival" for the Festival Musica Franconia in 2012

Educational activity

Associate professor at the Centre d'art polyphonique de Paris, where she taught vocal technique and led a workshop on the music of the 15th century.

Voice teacher and head of the workshop on early music at the Conservatory of Issy–les–Moulineaux from 1992 to 2011.

Guest teacher in Brazil from 1998 for early music performances and interpretation courses of early music (Conservatory of Recife, Sao Paolo and to the Quinzena Barroca de Natal).

Participates as both musician and teacher in the Festival of Sacred Music of Ligugé, with the association "Chemins de Musique," since 1999.

Created and conducted the women's choir "Siloë" from 1999 to 2004.

Founded the Guyanan choir "Karini," for which she has organized early music workshops, vocal technique courses and performances with educational components since 2000.

From 2011 taught voice, medieval fiddle and viola da gamba in the Dordogne, where she created early music workshops in Peyrebrune, Voice and Qi Gong workshops in PĂ©rigueux, the "Azalaïs" choir in Thenon, and the women's choir in Sarlat.