Christine Paté began playing accordion at the age of four. At the national conservatory in Lyon, she studied analysis, history, and writing techniques and earned a diploma in violin and a gold medal in piano. Following a number of successful competitions, Paté obtained a state diploma in accordion (1987). In 1990, she was awarded a German DAAD scholarship and entered the conservatory in Trossingen (Germany) where she obtained a diploma in education and performance. A resident of Berlin since 1994, Paté teaches accordion and gives a number of concerts featuring a wide range of repertoire for various ensembles from solo works to chamber music. She appears regularly with prestigious orchestras. A passionate devotee of contemporary music, in 1998 Paté founded an ensemble for variable forces along with clarinetist Matthias Badczong, and the group has attracted a number of guest artists and premiered important new works. As a performer who concertizes throughout Europe, Paté seeks out dialogue with composers and enjoys collaborating on new works, enlarging the accordion repertoire in the process.