Marianne Dumas

violoncello, cello (baroque), cello (piccolo)
biography

Marianne's aim as an artist is to combine knowledge and development of tradition. Eclectic cellist, her playing style is forged from rich musical experiences in France, USA, Latino America, Spain, and Germany. 

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. She recently played sonata concerts in Berlin with Olga Monakh and with Nicolas Bringuier.

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", a webpage where she shares her teaching tips and research with cellists around the world, teaches online and in Berlin. She gave masterclasses in USA in November 2016.


Through constant exploration, going from one discovery to the next, her inexhaustible research took Marianne to Berlin in 2014 where she started a Bach Journey to delve deeply into the Cello Suites and the baroque cello. Beginning of 2016, she recorded the Bach Cello Suites in Berlin (with a full baroque set up) , wrote a publication about the baroque cello and made a new edition of the Suites based on an important discovery she made in October 2014.
She had the pleasure of playing for Ton Koopman and received his "blessing" and positive feedbacks on her recording of the Bach cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma also gave her his support after Marianne explained her research and discovery during a meeting they had in Boston in 2016.
The recording will be released at the beginning of 2018 as well as her publication about her research.

About her studies: after finishing her studies in France (Bordeau and Lyon), she moved to the USA where she graduated with a Masters Degree and a Performer Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University. Marianne was a student of Roland Pidoux, Yvan Chiffoleau, Davis Premo, Anne Williams, and also had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovitch, YoYo-Ma, Lynn Harrel, Georges Crumb, among other great musicians.

Marianne likes to share and create beautiful memories with the people she loves, she is an avid cook, likes meditation, yoga, running, art, reading, origami, nature, hiking, and is happily addicted to swing dancing.

 


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Bio Française

"Densité, fougue, virtuosité, sensibilité, générosité" c'est ainsi que l'on qualifie Marianne qui développe une carrière éclectique du baroque au contemporain en pensant par Piazzolla où se côtoient concerts en soliste, récitals, musique de chambre, orchestre symphonique ou opéra, répertoire classique ou folklorique ainsi que créations contemporaines.

Marianne voyage partout où sa passion la mène. Médaillée des conservatoires de Bordeaux, Perpignan et Lyon, elle a d'abord travaillé avec Etienne Péclard, Yvan Chiffoleau et Roland Pidoux avant de poursuivre sa formation aux Etats-Unis où elle obtient successivement un "Performer Diploma" puis un "Master Degree" de l'Université Carnegie Mellon. Marianne a eu l'opportunité de participer à de nombreuses master-classes de grands maîtres tels que Mstilsav Rostropovitch, Lynn Harrel, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Georges Crumb.

Pendant ses années aux USA, elle a reçu des bourses de l'Université de Carnegie Mellon couvrant la totalité de sa scolarité, dont la bourse Wilkins pour "l'excellence de son jeu". Marianne a aussi participé à l’enregistrement de plusieurs disques dont "Black Angels de Georges Crumb" récompensé d'un Diapason d'or en 2007.

Passionnée de musique de chambre, elle crée le Duo Aparté en 2008 avec le pianiste Adrien Reignier avec lequel elle se produit régulièrement pendant trois ans puis décide de se consacrer au répertoire pour violoncelle seul,  l’enseignement ainsi qu'à orchestre pendant ses années Madrilènes au sein de la Fundación Excelencia où elle occupe le poste de violoncelle solo. En 2014 sa fascination pour les Suites de Bach la conduit à Berlin et Leipzig où elle commence un travail derecherche et d’enregistrement. Trois ans plus tard elle termine ce projet après avoir enregistré les Six Suites pour violoncelle seul de Bach sur un montage purement baroque (4 et 5 cordes), réalisé une éditions des Suites, et écrit une publication sur l’origine du violoncelle, sa technique et son évolution. Ce projet a obtenu le soutien de nombreux artistes dont celui de Ton Koopman et Yo-Yo Ma. Elle devrait publier l'intégralité du projet au début de l'année 2018.

A l’étranger, elle s'est produite en musique de chambre dans des salles telles que Steinway Hall de New York, Kennedy Center of the Arts de Washington, Séverance Hall de Cleveland, Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh, l’auditorium national de Madrid,  mais aussi en Chine, à Shanghai, ainsi qu'en Amérique Latine en compagnie de musiciens tels qu’Andres Cardenes, Nicolas Bringuier, Olga Monakh, et Eunice Keem.


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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
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