« Pascale Berthelot is a musician with a sensibility, and I would have to say an extraordinary sensitivity. Music is for her an experience of mind and body, an everyday transcendence. » Gérard Pesson, composer.
Pascale Berthelot is a concert pianist, improviser and composer, teacher and art-therapist graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon and from the Institut de formation et de recherche en Art-Thérapie Contemporaine PROFAC*. She was studying Piano, Analysis and Interpretation of the repertory of the 20. & 21 Century, Pedagogy and Art-therapy. She is certified by the state and member of the SFPE-AT (Société Française de Psychopathologie de l’Expression et d’Art-Thérapie) She is also dedicating herself to research on the possibilities of emancipation of the subject trough the music.
Her pedagogical and art-therapeutic research were synthesized in 2 different thesis around what she calls an « Art of encounter ».
- Thesis in education-science « Du jeu au je » based on pedagogical experience and writings of D.W Winnicott, M. Klein, J. Piaget
- Thesis in Art-therapy « De l’intime à l’extime : sortir en restant » based on experience and writings of S. Freud, J. Lacan, A. Green, C. Soler, H. Maldiney, G. Deleuze, M. Foucault, J. Derrida, E. Levinas.
As a pianist, she was mainly studying with Bernard Flavigny (scholar of Alfred Cortot and Serge Koussevitzky), Eric Heidsieck and Claude Helffer. She was receiving grants from Centre Acanthes and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini – Archivio Luigi Nono (Venice).
Invited to live two years at Villa Medici just after her studies, she was initiating many collaborations with artists from different medium and many art projects. With the complicity of Bruno Racine and Marie-Christine Labourdette, she organized the renovation and inauguration of the grand-pianos Gaveau, Erard and Pleyel of this prestigious house.
Playing in solo, with ensemble or chamber music, Pascale Berthelot premiered pieces of composers such as I. Fedele, R. Reynolds, T. Hodgkinson, D. D’Adamo, C. Newmann, M. André, M. Pinter, K. Huber, J. Walshe, M. Maierhoff, H. Harder, D. Venturi, S. Sciarrino, G. Pesson. She was collaborating with ensembles like E.I.C and E.O.C, Ensemble Hiatus (France), Trio Nexus (Berlin), with artists like Benjamin Millepied and his dance-company LA Dance Project (USA), Laurent Pichaud & X-Sud (France), Marie Denis, Guillaume Leblon, Isa Melsheimer, Jean-Luc Moulène, Laurent Bolognini, performing in hybrid installations together with the Lose Combo group (Berlin).
Since 2008, Pascale Berthelot is the artistic director of the collection Cuicatl, dedicated to new musics, for La Buissonne label (world distribution by ECM – France distribution by PIAS).
Following her researches in musical creation, she was invited in 2018 to expose her work during the first edition of the “Rencontres internationales de la création musicale de l’Abbaye de Sylvanès” (France).
Since 2004, she was invited by the Swiss doctor and cellist Beat Richner to support the Kantha Bopha Foundation. She is the only musician who ever performed and recorded with legendary ‘Beatocello’. The album “Beatocello in e-moll” (Sony) went to the benefit pediatric hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.
In 2020, she founded with François-Xavier Roth (General Music Director of the city of Cologne and founder of the orchester “Les Siècles”) and Carole Roth-Dauphin the Festival International de Musique “Les Volques” in Nîmes.
* After a long experience in psychiatry, psychologist Jean-Pierre Royol has developed contemporary art therapy ©, a method which promotes creativity without aiming at the production of a work or an object and excludes any form of interpretation.