Biography


Jean-Christophe Cholet, born in 1962, is one of the most unusual French personalities in the field of improvised music. Qualified at the Schola Cantorum in 1985 in piano, harmony, descant and fugue. Besides his solid classical training he also practices jazz and has been composing from a very young age.

Having trained with Kenny Barron, Richie Beirach, Bernard Maury, Bill Dobbins and even Lee Konitz, he takes part in projects with jazz greats Charlie Mariano, Matthias Rüegg, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Paolo Fresu, Rick Margitza, Marc Ducret, Jon Sass, Wolfgang Pushnig and others.

As a soloist in Switzerland he has participated in the symphonic projects of Mathias Rüegg with Claudio Pontiggia, horn, Matthieu Michel, trumpet player, as well as the Cholet-Känzig-Papaux Trio.

His research on European cultures as well as the many concerts he gives in Germany, Austria and Italy make him an absolutely European musician in both his creative spirit and as an artist sensitive to the virtue of human and cultural exchanges.

This musician, who is a personality rich in projects,  beyond his ability to offer a clean aesthetic line, seduces with his eclecticism: he composes for symphonic music, dance, circus, theater, corporate film,... With a repertoire of about 230 works, he maintains a sustained pace of writing: Alla brève (Radio France), brass quintet "Turbulences",Tuba quartet "Euphonic Tuba’s” Quartet, instrumental ensemble "A Piacere", Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre / Tours (Region Centre of France Symphony Orchestra – Tours),  Orchestre d'Harmonie de la Région Centre (Symphony Orchestra of the region Centre)...

Anxious to share the music he likes with a great number of people, owner of  CA du Jazz (certificate for teaching Jazz), he is also a valuable teacher to amateur musicians both in explaining his music and in introducing them to improvisation