Born May 5th 1986 in Pithiviers, France

Unfolding a music-language filled with subtle nuances while constantly seeking to reconcile fire, lyricism and sophisticated form, Théo Ceccaldi is definitely one of the great revelations of the contemporary jazz scene in France.

Théo Ceccaldi seriously started studying classical music at a tender age and received First Prize for Violin, Notation and Chamber Music in 2004. But he was always drawn to the freedom of jazz, and in 2010 he genuinely found his own voice when he founded an original trio — with his brother Valentin on cello and Guillaume Aknine on guitar — which established the link between the western chamber-music tradition and free improvisation. The Théo Ceccaldi Trio won the Tremplin Orléans’ Jazz in 2011, and they have since confirmed what everyone thought was good about them, releasing two albums in succession for the Ayler Records label and then taking the laurels of the 2014 “Jazz Migration” programme organized by AJC. The same year, he founds Petite moutarde a singular project inspired by filmmaker René Clair’s works Entr’acte with Alexandra Grimal (saxophones), Ivan Gélugne (double bass) and Florian Satche (drums).

A founding member of the young collective from Orleans known as Tricollectif, violinist Théo Ceccaldi has been active in a series of formations including the Toons group led by his brother Valentin, the chamber quartet La Scala and Loving Suite pour Birdy So led by pianist Roberto Negro (with Elise Caron), In Love With led by the drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq with Velentin Ceccaldi, and the Grand Orchestre du Tricot. Recognized by his peers, he recently joined the IXI string-quartet co-led by Régis Huby and Guillaume Roy, which enjoys a reputation for improvised music, Médéric Collignon’s project “A la recherche du roi frippé”, which revisits the music of Robert Fripp/King Crimson, and also the Franco-German octet T.E.E. Ensemble of pianist Hans Lüdemann, which also features Alexandra Grimal.

Particularly drawn by all transversal art forms, the young violinist has also ventured into theatre and dance, notably in collaborations with the “Compagnie Les Veilleurs” (based on the text Contre les Bêtes by Jacques Rebotier), and choreographer Josef Nadj.


Théo Ceccaldi Petite Moutarde
ONJ Records, 2015

Can You Hear Me? – Joëlle Léandre 10
Ayler Records, 2015

Babies – Théo Ceccaldi / Roberto Negro
Live au Triton, 2015

La Scala – La Scala
Ayler Records, 2014

Loving Suite pour Birdy So – Roberto Negro
Tricollection, 2014

Can You Smile? – 
Théo Ceccaldi Trio + Joëlle Léandre

Ayler Records, 2013

7 Nains – Toons
Tricollection, 2013

Carrousel – Théo Ceccaldi Trio
Ayler Records, 2012