About Hélène Seiyu

I am…

  • A Shakuhachi Master since 2013 with the name Seiyu 聖 優 (Holy Kindness) given by Fukuda Teruhisa. My main activities are:

I used to be…

  • A Professional flutist since 1987 playing classical and contemporary music, then expanding my repertoire to world flutes until I met the Japanese flute shakuhachi in which I specialised.
    • As a flutist I performed with many people in various formations: with piano, guitar, harp, oboe, clarinet, string trio, string quartet, chamber orchestra, symphonic orchestra, etc. I recorded several CDs for children and even wrote my own show using 12 different flutes. My last collaboration as a flutist was with the group of Brazilian music “Tia Mangola” in 2016… a digital CD is coming soon! (maybe…)
  • An Author of shows for children, poems, short stories… I collaborated with composers, published a book for children and wrote two shows for orchestra and comedian.
Entrons dans la danse !! (Paris 2009)
  • A Musicologist giving presentations about classical music and writing program notes.
  • An Orchestra Librarian in a top orchestra in Paris (France) working with famous conductors, soloists and composers (Ch. Eschenbach, C.M. Giulini, E.-P. Salonen, P. Boulez, F. Brüggen, J. Semkov, Yo-Yo Ma, M. Rostropovitch, P. Dusapin, M. Lindberg, etc.).

What makes me happy…

  • Duo Satsuzen with the flutist Catherine Balmer-Magnin
  • Composing for shakuhachi
  • Meditating
  • Playing shakuhachi in nature (also in concert halls!!)
  • Various hobbies (birdwatching, bird photography, yoga, gardening, being in nature, reading, cooking, crochet, embroidery, boardgames,…)

Where you can find me, follow, like and support me…

Contact me here!

Hélène Seiyu Codjo

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