Colin HELLER

Violin, nyckelharpa, mandoloncelle

Age: 24 years old

Country: France

Born in Briançon, France, he started playing violin and piano when he was 5, later organ and baroque violin. After his studies at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud of Aix-en-Provence, he has been admitted in 2018 in the baroque violin class of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSMD) in Lyon.

Immersed very early in a broad musical universe,  from the age of 10 he taught himself to play various instruments such as mandolins, Swedish nyckelharpa, gittern, Norwegian hardingfele and viola d’amore to name but a few.  Multi-instrumentalist and open to all sorts of musical influences, he embraces a wide range of different disciplines including traditional, ancient, classical, jazz and song.  He also has takes a close interest in theatre, ballet and cinema. Member from 2012 to 2014 of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra as a violinist, he played under Alain Altinoglu, François-Xavier Roth and Gianandrea Noseda, he also participated at the first Intercultural creation session of this orchestra in 2015. He has also been for a long time a member of the Violons du Rigodon, a band of 20 violinists playing the traditional repertoire of the old violoneux (fiddlers)  of the South French Alps.

His curiosity and boundless interest in the multiple facets of music, have brought him to collaborate with many artists of different horizons, such as traditional musicians Patrick Vaillant, Françoise Atlan, Moneim Adwan, Gabriel Lenoir, Daniel Muringer, Manu Théron, jazzmen Fabrizio Cassol, Jasser Haj Youssef,  baroque musicians Monique Zanetti, Lila Hajosi, Dominique Serve, Deluxe rock band, comedians and directors Didier Rousselet and Côme de Bellescize.