Bio

Catherine Simonet was born in Paris in 1962. 

She started playing the piano at the age of seven and started composing her first pieces while learning to play.
She studied at the Ecole Normale (Alfred Cortot) in the 80’s with virtuoso pianist Xiao Mei Zhu as a teacher. During this period, she discovered contemporary music during courses at the Centre Georges Pompidou with composer and pedagogue Claire Renard who encouraged her to create. Interested in film scores, she made her own first home studio thanks to Jean-Louis Valéro, composer for Eric Rohmer, who gave her a sampler that he wasn’t using anymore. During a course in Biarritz, she became acquainted with Gabriel Yared (Oscar for the best soundtrack in 1997). He took her under his wing and entrusted transcription works to her.
She started playing the piano at the age of seven and started composing her first pieces while learning to play. She studied at the Ecole Normale (Alfred Cortot) in the 80’s with virtuoso pianist Xiao Mei Zhu as a teacher. During this period, she discovered contemporary music during courses at the Centre Georges Pompidou with composer and pedagogue Claire Renard who encouraged her to create. Interested in film scores, she made her own first home studio thanks to Jean-Louis Valéro, composer for Eric Rohmer, who gave her a sampler that he wasn’t using anymore. During a course in Biarritz, she became acquainted with Gabriel Yared (Oscar for the best soundtrack in 1997). He took her under his wing and entrusted transcription works to her.

For the past fifteen years, filmmakers and theatre directors have regularly solicited Catherine Simonet. Amongst others, she has worked for Isabelle Faivre (Du Zéro des Arènes, selected for the 1997 Berlin festival, Press Prize in Grenoble), Jocelyne Lemaire-Darnaud (Voyage au Centre de la Tour, Cinéma du Réel, 1999), Paul Ouazan (Atelier de Recherche d’ARTE), Antonio Fischetti (Bonjour les Morses, awarded at the Dijon international festival of adventure films and at the international festival of mountain films in Autrans, 2010), Elise Jadelot and the Une(s) collective (Au Commencement Etait le Verbe, Théâtre du Temps, 2012).

Furthermore, in 2011 she published Opus pour piano, an album of personal compositions that she played in concert at the Studio Le Regard du Cygne in Paris. As technology evolved, the progressive changes made to her home studio naturally lead her to engage in sound research. Laureate of the Jules Verne France Inter / France Musique award (Octopus Aria, 2005), she has participated in varied electro-acoustic projects: accompanying the lyrical singer Skaidra Jancaite during the Journées Consulaires in Lyon, contributing to experiences on the HAK Lo-Fi Record label, performing live at the Cinémathèque Française… a new album is currently being made.