It is very rare that one has the pleasure of meeting a true artist. Raphaelle Brochet’s never ending journey into the world of global performing arts and music has lead to her becoming a truly powerful and inspiring performer. Her versatility and dedication to learn have all fed into her unique sound.
Born to musician parents, Raphaëlle grew up in surrounded by jazz, destined to be an artist. She started her career at the age of 17 by recording an album with Floris Nico-Bunink (Mingus, Billy Holliday) under the label Daybreak. Her studies began at the Poitiers Conservatory in France where she studied the piano, and then went to further her education in Jazz Performance studies in France (Niort Conservatory, Strasbourg Conservatory, Paris XI Conservatory and Nantes Conservatory) and in Canada (University of Montreal).
Then she received a full scholarship from the Wesleyan University, USA, to deepen her knowledge of Carnatic music with B.Balasubrahmaniyan and D.Nelson, and then got a Masters of Ethnomusicology from one of the highest ranked universities of the world.
In parallel to her academic studies, Raphaëlle went to South India for more than 17 years to study Carnatic singing with Sarada Thota and konnakol with Ghatam Govindarajan. She also went to Iran to learn Persian music with Fariba Davoodi, and to Indonesia to learn Balinese dance with Anom Putra.
Her main collaborations include Philippe Aerts (Kamalamba, Igloo, 2017), Ivan Paduart, Olivier Collette, Carmen Staaf, Arnaud Fusté-Lambezat, and she shared international stages and the studios with Tineke Postma, Richard Galliano, Philip Catherine, Jan de Haas, Ziya Tabassian, Steve Houben, Zap Mamma and Prabhu Edouard, among others.
She is also fond of cross-disciplinary collaborations, and did a number of residencies with theatres and dance companies, such as the Jena Theaterhaus (Germany), the Bharatanatyam Company Kalavati (Belgium), and collaborated on a documentary with film director and urbanist Amin Moghadam (Iran).
Raphaëlle is also very active as an educator, and has been teaching around the globe: the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (India), OneWorld College of Music (India), ICOM Berklee (Malaysia), Wesleyan University (US), Shanghai World Music Festival, Gent and Maastricht Conservatories, Paris Sorbonne, Urban School of San Francisco, etc.
Raphaëlle now lives in Paris and teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and tours around the globe with different projects, including a duo with Philippe Aerts her new project called S.O.L.O: the Sacred Oath of the Lucky Owl.