Séverine Ballon


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 researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument.  Currently she is working on developing extended techniques for her instrument. 

Séverine 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 written especially for her, including the composers Rebecca Saunders, Mauro Lanza and Franck Bedrossian. She has worked with many of the best known contemporary music ensembles, including Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ictus.  Séverine is a member of ELISION.

Séverine Ballon gives master classes for composers at Harvard University, Stanford University, the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, the University of Huddersfield, the University of California Berkeley, and the Tzlil Meudcan composition course (Israel). In 2008–09 she was resident artist at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Thanks to the Harvard French Scholarship Fund and an Arthur Sachs grant, she was a fellow at Harvard University during the academic year 2014–15 and is currently based at Stanford University.