Marianne Dumas

violoncello, cello (baroque), cello (piccolo)

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.

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.

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.

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 the publication about her research.

About her studies: after finishing her studies in France (Bordeaux 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, loves art, nature, meditation, science, origami, running, and is happily addicted to swing dancing.

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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
"Dumas plays with extraordinary virtuosity and expressive power",
"" Dumas plays with extraordinary virtuosity and expressive power, though the excessive rubato and brooding weight of Romantic interpretations are replaced by agile rhythms and a lightness of tone that is rare in cello music. Dumas also reverses bowing, in the manner of playing a viola da gamba, and this technique produces greater resonance than conventional bow strokes. Because she regards her work on the suites as a research project, Dumas has aimed at a more objective approach rather than a subjective reading, though her playing is by no means mechanical and her expressiveness still shines through in her artistic shaping of the harmony and the sound, though without Romantic gestures or self-indulgent moodiness.""
(Blair Sanderson)
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