Véronique PIRON, born in 1961, has a wide artistic background which brought her to shakuhachi in 1992.
Flautist, she was initially trained in Strasbourg (East of France) in Claire GENTILHOMME's flute class at the Music Conservatorium, then in jazz and improvisation at the CEDIM (Center of Education and Development of the Musical Improvisation) with Jean Pierre HERZOG, while leading at the same time fine arts studies at the University of Strasbourg. She performed then in various groups in Alsace (East of France) then in Brittany (West of France) including the jazz orchestra " Sirius " conducted by the pianist Didier SQUIBAN until 1995 while she started to teach flute in a local conservatorium.
Shakuhachi and Japan...
Véronique PIRON started learning the shakuhachi in France with the school of the famous master Katsuya YOKOYAMA (1934-2010) - KSK, Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshûkan -, first with Yoshikazu IWAMOTO his first disciple. Then, laureate of a "Lavoisier" scholarship from the French Foreign Affairs Ministry between 2000 and 2002, she perfected her study directly with Katsuya YOKOYAMA and his school (KSK), having Teruo FURUYA as main teacher and Michiko ÔNARI as accompanist playing the koto, shamisen and singing. She also got an initiation of the Jiuta style of singing with the shamisen/koto player Kikuko SATÔ.
In parallel she got introduced to the bamboo tranverse flutes during her stay with Naoko MIYAMARU (from the Gagaku Orchestra Reigakusha) for the ryûteki, and met the eminent flautist Kohei NISHIKAWA of ProNipponia Group who introduced her to the shinobue and nohkan and who shared the recording of her CD Nipponflutes in 2009.
.............- professional licence SHIHAN (master) from Katsuya YOKOYAMA
...............and his school KSK (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan), Japan (2002)
.............- French STATE DIPLOMA, licence for teaching Traditional Music, France (2004)
.............- Conservatorium Professor's Licence (“APTITUDE CERTIFICATE”) for Traditional Music,
...............France (2011), shakuhachi, bamboo flutes and traditional music of Japan.
Véronique Piron is mainly performing in solo or in duet with various musicians in France and abroad, including koto/shamisen players and shakuhachi players, participates in different shakuhachi events as the European or International Shakuhachi Festivals, like in Tôkyô in 2002 or in Sydney in 2008.
She performs in a traditional and contemporary repertoire, works with composers about new compositions, or on original creative music with the shakuhachi .
She is produced in duets, with Fumie Hihara (koto, shamisen, voice) and Japanese music(s) programm, with the pianist Lydia Domancich in a creative programm, and is developing meetings with other musical cultures.
Teaching, performing here and there (Eu)...
Based in West of France in Brittany, Véronique Piron has been teaching shakuhachi since 1996 and organizing shakuhachi initiation or advanced workshops.
She works with diverse institutions among which of the music conservatoriums and high education system ("pôle d'enseignement supérieur"), starting from the local conservatorium where she is teaching (EMPB, Brocéliande Music School, Ille et Vilaine, Brittany), specifically with traditional music classes and flute (all types) classes on Japanese music and shakuhachi.
Engaged on an European level, she is actively participating in 2006 in the creation of the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) based in London, as its secretary until 2012. At the same time she develops monthly lessons in Paris and occasionally in Brussels, she teaches and performs at the annual European Shakuhachi Summerschools. In this context she organizes with Jim FRANKLIN in 2007 the 2nd European Shakuhachi Summerschool in Alsace, East of France, and is co-organizor of the Summerschool 2015 with Jean-François LAGROST in Paris (look ESS Summerschools). She is presently developing together with Horacio Curti (Spain) and Jim Franklin (Germany) the European section of the KSK school created by Yokoyama Katsuya (the Eu-KSK website under construction).
Véronique Piron is also a musician at the Museum of Music in the Cité de la Musique in Paris since 2004, and works with the French media library network since 2006.
She has been participating in different publications and audio recordings.
a CD in solo and duets with Kohei Nihikawa, “Nipponflutes” (2010, autoproduction),
a CD of the duet with Lydia Domancich (+ Fumie Hihara), "Sillage" 2015.