Sunday 7 July at 5 the château


Catherine Zimmer, harpsichord and pianoforte

After her studies at the CNR in Marseilles with Pierre Barbizet (Gold Medal for Piano), followed by advanced studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur in Geneva, she decided to specialize in Early Music, studying harpsichord and continuo.

Now holding  a State Diploma for Piano and a Teaching Certificate for harpsichord, she went on to study Accompaniment at the CNR and the Opéra in Marseilles, then taught piano at the Conservatoire in Marignane, and also harpsichord in the Department of Ancient Music in Béziers. Since 2006 she has been teaching harpsichord at the Henri Tomasi Conservatoire in Corsica, where she also conducts the Ancient Music ensemble.

 She regularly plays in Baroque music ensembles such as Mens Sonoris, Orféo isulanu and Salamandre, as well as more eclectic ensembles like Duo Polycorde and the Trio Poly-sons, which combine the tones of the harpsichord with those of the guitar and the marimba. She also performs in concerts as a soloist….Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Rieux-Minervois, Les Clavecins de Chartres….

Her musicological research has led her to record several CDs of long-forgotten French music ; these were well received by the music press (Diapason, Classica Repertoire, Early Music, Oxford Journal…), the confidence which emanates from her playing and its “orchestral character” have been consistently recognized.



Yves Grollemund, flautist and composer

After studying engineering, he studied Ancient Music at the Schola Cantorum in Basle, specializing in recorder and flute.

Holding teaching certificates in Recorder, Conducting and First and Second Category Management, after 20 years teaching, he now devotes himself to management, and has been Deputy Director of the Henri Tomasi Conservatoire in Corsica since 2006.

He founded and conducted Mens Sonoris for 10 years, then the ensemble Salamandre which featured both Ancient and contemporary music, and for which he composed numerous works. The experience of his years of composing, his deep knowledge of the Baroque aesthetic, and his interest in ethnic music, have enabled him to create a language and a very special musical world.

For 20 years Catherine Zimmer and Yves Grollemund have been exploring together the repertoire for recorder and harpsichord, in both Ancient and contemporary music.

They have played in Rieux in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011 and Catherine recorded a CD in the Château in 2005.

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"Sonatas for recorders and obligato harpsichord"

 - Yves GROLLEMUNDPrélude en fuite  for bass recorder and harpsichord

- Jacques DUPHLY (1715-1789),  3rd book ofpieces for  hapsichord. Pieces in G with violin: La Decasaubon, La Du Tailby, La Devalmallette


- Joseph BODIN de BOISMORTIER (1689-1755), Sonatas for harpsichord and flute

Sonata Op 91 N°2 in G minor(Gayement-Gracieusement-Gayement)


- Felice DEGIARDINO (1716-1796) ,Sonates di Cembalo con violono o Flauto traveso.

Sonata N°5 in G minor (Allegro-Minuetto)


- Joahann Ludwig  KREBS (1713-1780), Sonates für Querflöte und obligates Cembao

Sonata in E minor  (Largo-Vivace-Affetuoso-Minuetto)



Françoise CHOVEAUXThe château of Rieux-Minervois, for harpsichord and flute tenor (creation)