VÉRONIQUE PIRON has a wide artistic background which lead her to shakuhachi in 1992. After years of studying flute in her native France, Véronique started studying the shakuhachi with the school established in Europe by Katsuya Yokoyama, first with Yoshikazu Iwamoto, his first disciple. A scholarship from the French Foreign Affairs Ministry allowed her to travel in Japan from 2000 to 2002, during which time she studied at Yokoyama's Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan. At the school Teruo Furuya as her main teacher and Michiko Ônari an accompanist playing the koto, the shamisen and singing. She also learned Jiuta style of singing from the shamisen/koto player Kikuko Sâto. In 2002, she was awarded a shihan (master's license) by Yokoyama-sensei.

While in Japan, Véronique was also introduced to the transverse bamboo flutes by Naoko Miyamaru of the Gagaku Orchestra Reigakusha who played the ryûteki, and worked with Kohei Nishikawa who introduced her to the shinobue and nohkan.

In 2004, Véronique obtained a French State Diploma for teaching Traditional Music in France, and she is presently preparing the next step, the Aptitude Certificate of Traditional Music with shakuhachi, bamboo flutes and the traditional music of Japan.

Based in West of France in Brittany, Véronique Piron teaches the shakuhachi between the area of Rennes and Paris in France, Brussels in Belgium, organizes annual workshops, and conducts workshops on Japanese music opened to any instrument, the first one being held in 2004 in the local conservatory where she teaches. She works with diverse institutions among which of the music conservatories, the network of media libraries and the Museum of Music in the Cité de la Musique in Paris since 2004. In Europe, she participated in the creation of the European Shakuhachi Society (ESS) based in London, helped to organize the 2nd European Shakuhachi Summer school in Alsace (ESsch), East of France.

Véronique Piron is mainly performing solo or duet with various musicians in France and abroad, including koto players, participates in different events around the shakuhachi including in Japan and in the International Shakuhachi Festivals, like in Tôkyô in 2002 and in Sydney in 2008. She is performing in a traditional and contemporary repertoire but also creative with her two instruments of choice, the shakuhachi and the western transverse flute, and is presently working on a creative inter-cultural project in Bretagne.


With Kohei Nishikawa, nohkan & shinobue

Shakuhachi honkyoku, minyo & original compositions


Monty H. Levenson, P.O. Box 294, Willits, CA 95490 USA
monty@shakuhachi.com    www.shakuhachi.com

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