Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven
Classical and jazz pianist, composer, improviser
Rassinfosse/Collard-Neven quartet
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       Belgian pianist, composer and improviser, born in 1975.
Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven treads the career path of an atypical musician where classic, contemporary, electroacoustic music, jazz and improvisation, coexist side by side with French chanson, theater, dance, cinema, and literature. Far from being a mindlessly voracious form of eclecticism, this diversity is in him the expression of a single-minded passion, an open spirit which steers clear of pigeon-holing and weaves connecting threads between styles, genres and periods.
Since his early childhood, on his father’s lap, Jean–Philippe Collard–Neven learned jazz tunes, songs, and began to play by ear those film soundtracks which fascinated him so. The fact that he learned to improvise and play without a musical score what he listened to, at the same time as he learned to speak, would prove instrumental in his relationship with sound and music. The latter will always remain for him a profoundly instinctive and natural act, impervious to the rigidity of academic learning. Similarly, this spontaneous learning will never make the difference between “serious” and “light” music. Any music that moves him he will give himself to, the generosity of a rock band has nothing to be ashamed of in the face of a string quartet. From the very start, this absence of any kind of rigid separation between genres and periods will permeate his truthfulopenness to all esthetic currents.
The most varied encounters have forged his musical identity. The jazz double-bass player Jean-Louis Rassinfosse [2 DUO ALBUMS AT FUGA LIBERA], the French violist Vincent Royer, the composers Luc Ferrari [1 CD-DVD AND 1 VINYL AT SUB ROSA] and David Shea [1 CD AT SUB ROSA], Jean-Luc Fafchamps [1 CD AT FUGA LIBERA], Vinko Globokar, the visual artist and sculptor of vegetable particles Bob Verschueren, the conductors Patrick Davin and Pierre Bartholomée, the cellist-composer Jean-Paul Dessy, the violist Paul Declerck, the French cellist Fabrice Bihan [for him he composes in 2010 his piece Elswhere for cello and piano], the jazzmen Fabrice Alleman and Xavier Desandre-Navarre (1 CD at FUGA LIBERA), the writers Marcel Moreau, François Emmanuel, Alain Spièss, the actor/writer/directors Geneviève Damas, Pietro Pizutti, the painter/filmmaker Jean Detheux, the stage director Ingrid Von Wantoch Rekowski, and so many more... He won first prize at the Dexia contest in 1993. In 2003 the Belgian composer's Union awarded him the FUGA trophy for his activity in favor of the Belgian repertoire. In 2008 he is awarded the Octave for best artist of the year. He performs continuously in festivals in Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Tunisia, Chili, Mexico, Peru, Canada, ... His musical pieces for the theater are compiled on the CD Incidental Music at Sub Rosa, the first part of a trilogy of which the second opus is a CD of improvisations on the piano (Fleeting Music). The third part, which is scheduled to come out in 2012, will be dedicated to his written chamber music. At the moment he is putting together a solo CD for the Japanese label Flau and composing a piece ordered by festival Ars Musica in Brussels for march 2011. In september 2011 his Leos Janecek Complete Works for Piano will be published at Fuga Libera. Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven teaches Chamber Music and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Mons.