Marianne Dumas

violoncello, cello (baroque), cello (piccolo)

Eclectic cellist

Marianne Dumas is one of the most expressive cellists of her generation. Her playing style is one of the most original and innovative styles on the music scene, forged from rich musical experiences in France, USA, Spain and Germany.

After finishing her studies in France, Marianne moved to the USA where she graduated with a Masters Degree and a Performer Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University. She was a student of Roland Pidoux, Yvan Chiffoleau, Anne Williams, and also had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovitch, YoYo-Ma, Lynn Harrel, Georges Crumb, Yehuda Hanani,  Alexander String Quartet, among other great musicians.

As a chamber musician, she had the pleasure of performing at the Severance Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Steinway hall of  New York, the Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh. Her two favorites ensembles are duo with piano, and string quartet.  In 2009 she created the Duo Aparté with pianist Adrien Reigner with whom she completed the chamber music course at the Royal Academy of London, with the highest mark, described as an outstanding duo.

Marianne loves the symphonic and opera repertoire, she is regularly invited as a guest in orchestras in France and Spain. Between 2011 and 2014  she was principal cello and continuo for the Fundación Excelentia at the National Auditorium of Madrid.  She also  likes to push back the boundaries of classical music by performing in  tango and flamenco groups, and recording regularly as a soloist for movie scoring.

Teaching is as important as performance to Marianne. Through the years she has developped her own method based on the french cello school and inspired by  Alexander tecnics, Feldenkrais, Sophrology and Yoga.  In 2014 she created "The cello practice helper"  in order to share her teaching with cellists around the world giving live and online masterclasses.

Through constant exploration, going from one discovery to the next, her inexhaustible research took Marianne to Berlin last year  where she started a Bach Journey to delve deeply into the cello suites and the sound of the baroque cello. Begining of 2016, she recorded the Bach cello suites in Berlin (with a full baroque set up) and is about to release a publication as well as an edition of the suites based on an important discovery she made in October 2014.

In June 2015 she had the pleasure of playing for Ton Koopman and received his "blessing" and encouragement on her Bach recording project and publication. In October 2016 Yo-Yo Ma gave her his support after a meeting they had in Boston where Marianne explained him her work and research and presented him the cello of the project. Everything should be released beginning of  2017.

Marianne likes to share and create beautiful memories with the people she loves,  she is an avid cook, likes meditation, yoga, running, art, literature, origami, dancing, hiking , bicycle, swimming.



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2001-2008 : Université Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh (USA)  
*Master d’interprétation
*Performance Residency Program *String quartet residency program
1999-2001 : Conservatoires Nationaux de musique de Perpignan et de Lyon. 
*certificat de musique de chambre et prix d'excellence en violoncelle (Y. Chiffoleau)
1997-1999 : Conservatoire National Région de Bordeaux 
*Prix en violoncelle, musique de chambre et musique contemporaine.


Ann Williams, David Premo, Yvan Chiffoleau, Roland Pidoux,  
Patrick Gabard, Etienne Peclard,  Toby Appel (quatuor).

Parcours professionnel

Depuis le début de ses études, Marianne mène de front sa passion pour l’enseignement, le répertoire pour violoncelle seul, la musique de chambre, l’orchestre symphonique et l’opéra, mais aussi les musiques populaires tel que le flamenco et le tango.


Après plus de quinze and d’enseignement entre la France, les Etats-Unis et l’Espagne, Marianne a crééla page internet  « The Cello Practice Helper » en arrivant à Berlin dans le but de développer et de faire connaître sa méthode d’enseignement.

Musique de chambre  

Marianne a fait partie du quatuor Starling de l’université Carnegie Mellon (USA) avec lequel elle s’est produite dans des salles de concert tels que Severance Hall, Cleveland ;  Kennedy Center, Washington ; Steinway Hall, New York ainsi qu’en Chine, à Schangaï. En 2009 elle crée le Duo Aparté avec Adrien Reignier. Cette même année ils participent en tant que duo au cours de musique de chambre de la Royal Academy de Londres (dans le cadre du master d’Adrien) à l’issue duquel ils obtiennent la plus haute distinction. En décembre 2016 Marianne s'est produite en sonate avec Olga Monakh et Nicolas Bringuier a Berlin.

Orchestre et opéra  

Collaboration avec de nombreux orchestres aux Etats Unis puis en Espagne avec L’orchestre de Castilla y Leon à Valladolid ainsi que L’opéra de Madrid au Teatro Real. Entre 2011 et 2014, Marianne a travaillé étroitement avec la Fundación Excelentia comme violoncelle solo des cycles symphoniques et baroques de l’Auditorium National de Madrid.

Violoncelle seul 

De 2012 à 2014 : De Bach à Ligeti , récital pour violoncelle seul « Albert e(s)t Moi ».
2014 - 2016 : Projet Bach, Berlin. Enregistrement des 6 Suites pour violoncelle Seule, nouvelle édition, publication sur ses recherches.

Musique populaire  

Membre de différents groupes de tango (Che Madam trio) et de flamenco à Madrid (dont le Ballet National d’Espagne) mais aussi pendant ses études a Bordeaux.

Ses hobbies

Profiter de la nature, sortir avec ses amis, yoga, vélo, être specateur, expositions d'art, cinéma, swing dancing, origami, meditation, litterature.

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Short Profile

NameDumas, Marianne
Born inFrance, Europe
Home LocationBerlin, Germany
Main languageFrench
Additional languages English,  German,  Spanish; Castilian 
attended UniversitiesCarnegie Mellon university Pittsburgh USA , Conservatoire National de Lyon France