Born in 1993, Clément Walker-Viry starts studying piano at 9 years old at the Issoudun music school, then is tutored in Bourges by Bruno Calmette. He then graduates with a degree in Chamber Music at age 16 in 2008, and he is rewarded with an unanimously delivered regional Piano Prize, with the jury’s congratulations. He is the first student to claim this reward in his natal region, the Centre of France. The same year, he is awarded an honor prize at the International Piano Contest “Brin d’herbe” in Orléans.
In 2010, Clément meets a crossroads in his artistic career. He starts studying Jazz piano and takes a keen interest in the world of composition. Improvising on the piano, he discovers defining composers such as John Adams, Steve Reich, Einojuhani Rautavaara, John Williams, but also artists operating outside of the classical composition circles, like Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, or Ryuichi Sakamoto. His straying from the codified classical teachings will determine many influences and choices in his career.
In October 2011, Clément joins the advanced piano class of David Braslawsky in the Saint Maur des Fossés Regional Music School near Paris. He also studies composition, arrangement and orchestration with Olivier Kaspar.
In June 2013, he graduates in advanced piano and claims the first place. The same year, he joins the Symphonicus duet, founded by fellow pianist Jean-François Ballèvre. Together, they play concerts and recitals mainly with pieces for four hands or two pianos. At this time, Clément starts seriously considering composition and produces music for short films.
In June 2015, Clément graduates with 1st place and distinctions in Composition, in François Saint-Yves’ class at Saint-Maur. He then earns residency as a composer for the MVM chamber music workshop and creates several pieces for various formations for the 20th anniversary of the association’s creation. He is currently taking advanced composition classes with François Saint-Yves, with whom he studies specific aspects of classical writing and counterpoint.
DIPLOME DE PERFECTIONNEMENT
Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Saint-Maur-Des-Fossés
PIANO PERFORMANCE / FIRST PRIZE / 2013