Director of the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye (JOA)
Catherine Puig began her musical studies of piano, viola and conducting in Nimes. The viola became her favourite instrument and she obtained her diploma in this discipline at the CNSM of Lyon. At this time she was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and had the opportunity to play under the direction of great conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta. At the end of her studies, a meeting with Jean-Claude Malgoire allowed her to explore historically informed performance on period instruments. She then played with several groups including Mosaïques and Collegium Vocale before joining the Orchestre de Champs-Elysées at its creation. She participated in numerous recordings with the orchestra and with Philippe Herreweghe. Around this time she obtained her professor’s Vocational Certificate of viola. She also collaborated in the publishing of the Manuscript Rost with Fuzeau and Ricercare de Gabrielli with Billaudot. As conductor she has managed educational projects around Mozart’s comic opera Bastien Bastienne (2008), Gounod’s The Dove (2009), Grétry’s The Speaking Picture (2010) and Mozart’s The goose of Cairo (2011). Her interest for teachning and her experience of historically informed performance come together at the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes where she now heads the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye training programme.