Christine Ott

Christine Ott (born 10 August 1963)[1] is a French pianist, vocalist, ondist - a specialist in ondes Martenot[2] and composer.

Christine Ott
Ott in 2013
Background information
Born (1963-08-10) 10 August 1963
Strasbourg, France
GenresClassical crossover, avant-garde, experimental, free improvisation, art music, contemporary classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsOndes Martenot, keyboards, vocals
Years active1995–present
Associated actsYann Tiersen

She was a member of Yann Tiersen band for eight years and also played for classical orchestras for ten years. She collaborated with Tindersticks, Syd Matters or Jean-Philippe Goude.

She released two albums; Solitude Nomade in 2009 and Only Silence Remains[3] in 2016, and also an original soundtrack for Murnau's Tabu[4] in 2016. She created several live soundtracks shows, as her work on Lotte Reiniger's movies or on Flaherty's Nanook of the North.

She created the duo Snowdrops with Mathieu Gabry in 2015. Together they composed the original score of Manta Ray (film) by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.[5]


Solo works

As guest or session musician

  • 2004 Tout sera comme avant by Dominique A
  • 2004 Contre le centre by Mobiil
  • 2005 Le point de coté by Dominique Petitgand
  • 2005 Plays the Residents by Narcophony
  • 2005 Fragile by Têtes Raides
  • 2008 Aux solitudes by Jean-Philippe Goude
  • 2008 Ghost Days by Syd Matters
  • 2008 A l'attaque by Loïc Lantoine
  • 2008 Ersatz by Julien Doré
  • 2009 The dark age of love by This Immortal Coil
  • 2009 À la récré by Weepers Circus
  • 2011 N'importe où, hors du monde by Weepers Circus
  • 2011 613 by Chapelier Fou
  • 2011 Tels Alain Bashung, Aucun express (Noir Désir)
  • 2012 Everything was story by Raphelson
  • 2013 Ghost Surfer by Cascadeur
  • 2016 Unworks & Rarities by Oiseaux-Tempête
  • 2017 Earth by Foudre! (side-project of Mondkopf, Saåad & Frédéric D. Oberland) [6]

As member of Yann Tiersen


Personal works

  • 2011 La fin du silence by Roland Edzard
  • 2016 Minute Bodies by Stuart Staples, Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott
  • 2018 Manta Ray (film) by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, with Snowdrops[7]


  • 2001 Swing / Tony Gatlif
  • 2008 35 rhums / Claire Denis by Tindersticks
  • 2010 Les Salauds by Tindersticks
  • 2011 Claire Denis Film Scores by Tindersticks
  • 2011 Ou va la nuit / Martin Provost by Hughes Tabar-Noval

Ciné-concerts and performances

Classical music


  • 2005 Live with Radiohead
  • 2006 On Tour, Yann Tiersen
  • 2010 Carte blanche to Christine Ott, Neuilly Theater


  1. "Alsace: Christine Ott, maîtresse des ondes Martenot - L'Alsace". (in French). Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. "Making the Ondes Martnot Speak", on de London philharmonia website, music by Christine Ott
  3. Kaill, Gary (13 May 2016). "'Ott's compositions are shadowy and minimal, the melodies subtly sketched, and arrangements given space and light. It makes for a set that rewards repeated listens'". the skinny. Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. Chuter, Jack (15 December 2016). "'Christine Ott's score for F. W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty's 1931 silent film Tabu instigates a particularly profound atmospheric overhaul'". ATTN:magazine. Archived from the original on 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  5. Batlle, Diego (9 September 2018). "'Climatic, minimalist, intoxicating, hypnotic and at times surrealistic in its circular structure, Manta Ray has an unusually seductive capacity for a first film (the musical contribution of the French duo composed of Christine Ott and Mathieu Gabry is also precious).'". Otros Cines. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. Foudre! - Video clip excerpt from EARTH soundtrack, live at St Merri Church, Paris, Video by As Human Pattern
  7. Kuipers, Richard (7 September 2018). "'Manta Ray is especially well served by the subtle soundscapes created by French duo Christine Ott and Mathieu Gabry'". Variety. Archived from the original on 13 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
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