Collegium Novum Zürich

Louise Jallu

Louise Jallu’s authentic revelation of modern tango began with the bandoneon at age 5 at the Conservatoire de Gennevilliers with Jean-Baptiste Henry, Juan José Mosalini and César Stroscio. The latter granted her professorship at the Conservatory of Gennevilliers in 2018. She also studied composition with the composer Bernard Cavanna (resident of the Villa Medici in 1984/ Victoire de la musique in 2000).

2011, sixteen years old, she won the 2nd Prize in the bandoneon solo category of the Klingenthal International competition in Germany. With a desire to push the boundaries of tango, Louise Jallu created her own quartet consisting of Mathias Lévy (violin), Grégoire Letouvet (piano) and Alexandre Perrot (double bass), opening up the universe of tango to jazz and contemporary playing styles including through a collaboration with Bernard Cavanna on his project “Francesita”, a collection of tango arrangements of Enrique Delfino (Klarthe label, Harmonia mundi/Pias distribution). She collaborated wildly with Sanseverino, Claude Barthélémy, Claude Tchamitchian, Tomas Gubitsch, Katerina Fotinaki, César Stroscio, Anthony Millet and now, with pianist Gustavo Beytelmann. 

In 2019, she created two solo bandoneon pieces of Bernard Cavanna: Sonatina 43 and Sonatina Elements (Editions de l’Agité). She is preparing in collaboration with the composer the creation of a concerto for bandoneon with the Brittany Orchestra (France, June 2020). In 2020, Louise Jallu won the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Award for Jazz and Classical Music.

Louise Jallu has performed in prestigious halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell, the Komische Oper of Berlin, the Strasbourg Opera, Filature, Café De la Danse, Alhambra, Studio de l’Ermitage, Triton, Bellevilloise, Pan Piper among many others, not to mention the Academia Tango Club in Buenos Aires.