Charlotte Testu


Eclectic in her musical choices, as well as in her instrumental practice, she has specialized in fields as diverse as contemporary, improvised and baroque music. She divides her time between orchestra, chamber music, solo and teaching.


After obtaining two first prizes at the CNSMDP, in double bass and generative improvisation, with a very high honours, she follows a cycle of improvement at the CNSM of Lyon with Bernard Cazauran. She is currently deepening her training in historical double bass and violin at the CNSMDP.


She won first prize in the 2008 international Bass competition, contemporary music category, organised by "L'association des contrabassistes et bassiste de France" with the help of spedidam.


She created a solo directed by Nicolas Slawny: "La doublebasse nomade", a show to be heard and seen, where the instrument is presented in all its forms.


In parallel, she plays in orchestra, as an substitute, with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie... under the direction of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach.


At the Abbey of Fontevraud, she records a Spanish music programme with the Trio Pantine (voice, double bass, piano), and is currently preparing a recording of pieces as a cello duo, double bass by Alfons Zwicker.


Her curiosity towards music and more generally towards the arts leads her to play in different styles and contexts. She loves these improbable encounters, these frictions that allow her to discover and experiment with other facets of her instrument and to share them with the audience.