Élise studied drama, voice and flute at the regional Rouen Conservatoire, then voice at the Paris Conservatoire.
A soloist and improviser with Denis Badault’s Orchestre national de jazz, she has also participated in numerous premieres with important figures of contemporary music, jazz and song: Jacques Rebotier, Luc Ferrari, Bruno Gillet, Nicolas Frize, Michael Riessler, Fred Frith, Claude Barthélémy, Aldo Romano, Albert Marcoeur, Eric Watson, Yves Robert, Jean-Rémy Guédon, Quatuor Béla, Emmanuel Bex and others.
In theatre, she has performed Shakespeare, Sophocles, Ramuz, Brecht and new works with directors such as François Marthouret, Bruno Bayen, Jacques Rebotier, Antoine Campo, Jérôme Savary (in Offenbach’s La Périchole) and Jean-Louis Martinelli (in The Threepenny Opera et The Good Soldier Švejk).
More recently, she worked with director David Lescot on La Chose commune, a staged concert on the Paris Commune.
In cinema, she played the lead in Diane Kurys’ Cocktail Molotov and has shot with Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Franck Guérin, Stan Neumann, Xavier Giannoli and Leos Carax.
She also participated in No Land’s Song, a documentary by Ayat and Sarah Najafi on the fight against the ban on women singing for a mixed audience in Iran.
An author-composer, Élise Caron has been singing her own songs for more than twenty years and recording under her name.