Véronique Elling is a trained actress and concert singer. She has been staging, writing, directing, performing and singing in various theatre and music projects for more than 20 years.
She received her musical education at the conservatory of her hometown Montpellier, where she studied literature and theatre sciences graduating with a bachelor’s degree and then completed her acting studies in Hamburg.
Since then she has made numerous guest appearances on international stages, including Paris, Avignon, Lyon, Brussels, Cologne, Heidelberg, Berlin, Hamburg, Zagreb, Tehran, Beirut and Brazil.
Her characteristic authenticity and her extraordinary versatility have made her an artistic border crosser. She played Shakespeare and Jelinek, sang Verdi and Led Zeppelin, staged Schiller and acts of performance.
Since 2012 she and her quartet Elling&Band have dedicated themselves to the classic French chanson of Piaf & Co in new arrangements, sometimes authentic and true in style accompanied by a virtuoso button accordion, sometimes puristically carried by piano and cello, then unexpectedly fresh in a jazzy and soulful garb.
With her in 2017 written “Marseillaise de l’Espoir”, a new peaceful version of the French anthem, she sent a decisive signal against violence and was able to inspire the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
In 2020, the concept album Opus1 – dedicated to her deceased son Victor – composed together with her partner, the pianist Henrik Giese, will be released.
Furthermore, Véronique Elling has been a lecturer in the professional training of actors and singers for 12 years and supports the singers of the NDR Radio Choir as well as numerous soloists in the rehearsal of French music.