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“Jeu tout de poésie et de feu maîtrisé" : Léo Marillier, 22 years, was distinguished with these words by the music critic Alain Cochard for his interpretation of Mozart's Concerto N°4 last month.  This young French violinist passed with honours his Masters of Music and as well as a Graduate Diploma in violin performance  at New England Conservatory in Boston with Miriam Fried, after having earned age 17 his bachelor of music with the highest distinctions at National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris in Alexis Galpérine’s studio. His exceptional results during his Master of Music distinguished him on the Dean’s list. He won an artistic residency at the Fundation of the United States in Paris in 2016 and entered the CNSMDP in the Artist Diploma program. He entered this year the Royal Conservatory in the Hague where he prepares a second Master of research and performance with Philippe Graffin and Joe Puglia. Other accomplishments include winning the First Prize and Mozart Prize for the International Balys Dvarionas Competition, First Prize Marschner Competition, Special Prize Tchaikovsky Competition (Junior category) in Seoul, and Prix d’Honneur Bellan Competition. In addition, he was the recipient of the Williamson Foundation of Music Award in California in 2014, and a Prize winner at the Mécénat Musical Société Générale and the Fonds Instrumental Français.  He has performed as a soloist at the early age of 13 with European orchestras such as the renowned Wiener Symphoniker, the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, LOH Orchestra in Germany and the Danish National Youth Orchestra. Leo Marillier has taken part as a guest in numerous festivals: Festival de Menton,  Festival des Arcs… He performed in famous venues as a soloist and chamber musician such as Boston's Jordan Hall, Paris' Hôtel de Soubise, Rostropovitch Hall, Salle Cortot, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Utopia Hall… His tour in Lithuania in 2011 commemorating Liszt’ birthday was also praised : “One of today’s most exciting young violinists... A creative, thinking musician, Marillier is surely destined to become a major artist of our time. " He released his first CD Fantaisies d’Opéra with pianist Alexandre Lory under the recording label Forgotten Records. With these recordings, Léo demonstrates his gifts as a violinist and transcriber (edited by Delatour France). The Harvard Club commissioned him in 2013 a transcription of “Réminiscences of Don Juan” and Léo premiered "Resurgences" for solo violin, one of his own compositions at Maison de la Radio. In 2016, he was awarded a grant to attend the Banff Center's Music Courses and to perform as a soloist the Bach double-concerto with the Banff Orchestra, the Tchaïkovski Concerto with the Orchestre InterUniversitaire de Paris. He is also the artistic director of Fest’inventio for the third year, a chamber music festival in historical venues in and around Paris. Very much involved in the music of his time, he premiered numerous works and in January a composition in Berlin with the Paris Conservatory Ensemble, as well as an electronic composition at IRCAM. In addition, he was a recipient of the Young Artists Academy in Ottawa with Pinchas Zukermann in 2014 and as a fellow in the 2016 Aspen Academy with Sylvia Rosenberg.  He has  taken part to famous artist summer academies such as  Festival de Radio-France, Académie de Villecroze, Crans Montana Classics Starling-Delay Julliard Symposium, Académie de Lausanne  where he worked with maestros Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Donald Weilerstein, Schlomo Mintz, Ronald Copes, Victor Danchenko Joël Smirnoff, Giora Schmidt, Pierre Amoyal, Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, and Sergey Kalinovsky. He funded and conducts from the violin the A-letheia Ensemble, formed by 25 international young musicians based in Paris, which was praised for its first performances. Léo will perform next February at Salle Cortot in Paris. Léo plays a Nicolas Lupot violin (1811) loaned by an anonymous donator. 

Releases

 

"Une interprétation passionnée et précise :le violoniste Léo Marillier a donné à entendre (et à voir) un interprète qui fait corps avec son instrument. Les auditeurs ont traversé l'histoire du violon depuis son maître, Jean-Sébastien Bach jusqu'aux années 60 avec le génial compositeur Bruno Maderna, programme d'une exigence technique inouïe révélant une maîtrise sans faille de l'instrument et une musicalité claire rarement aussi abouties chez un artiste aussi jeune. Mention spéciale pour le jeu lumineux et quelques partis pris audacieux bien dosés qui redonnent toute leur fraicheur à la sonate n°2 de Bach. La sonate d'Ysaÿe "L'aurore" a captivé. Des pépites aussi avec ces canons-dédicaces de Beethoven, si élégants, et bien sûr le Prélude de Reger, injustement méconnu auquel Léo Marillier rend hommage. "

L'Est-Eclair, mars 2017

 

"Leo Marillier présente les œuvres avec beaucoup d’émotion, tentant à chaque fois de créer, de souligner la quintessence de l’œuvre avec ses mots, mais c’est lors de l’exécution que le public admiratif se laisse emporter et que jaillit le travail minutieux des compositeurs." Pluton Magazine, février 2017

 

"Marillier has a real instinct for projection and for getting music across" Jonathan Woolf, MWI, 2015

 

" Leo Marillier, 19, gave a captivating performance of the Fuga from Bach's Sonata No. 2... a strong point of view and strong commitment to it »"

Starling DeLay Symposium 2015, Lincoln Center  - New York - Laurie Niles

 

"Ardent fervor" MWI, 2015

 

"Marillier’s violinistic ability, musicianship and artistry single him out as one of the up-and-coming talents of the future."  Stephen Greenbank, Music  Web international, 2014

 

"Leo Marillier is one of today’s most exciting young violinists...A creative, thinking musician, Marillier is surely destined to become major artist of our time. " William Cole, Interlude, Hong Kong, 2014

  

"Léo Marillier et Alexandre Lory, deux jeunes artistes pleins de talent, à l'écoute l'un de l'autre."- ResMusica June 2014

 

"Un moment de bonheur pur avec le trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano « Circulo » op. 91 composé en 1942 par Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) qui a réuni Léo Marillier (violon), Éric Levionnois (violoncelle) et Guillaume Bellom (piano)" Festival des Arcs, juillet 2014, Bruno Serrou, Classique d'aujourd'hui

 

"Un vibrant duo violon-piano" Le Progrès

 

"Enfant prodige aux Musicales de l’Hôtel de Ville" 

 La Voix du Nord 

 

"Kleiner Teufelsgeiger glänzt mit effektvollen Variationen (Un petit diable de violoniste étonnant)

Leo Pierron-Marillier stürzte sich mit Verve in Pablo de Sarasates "Caprice basque" und gestaltete das rhythmisch pointierte Opus mit sicheren Lagenwechseln und die effektvollen Variationen mit all ihren Finessen wie ein kleiner Teufelsgeiger..." 

Von Ingrid Heydecke-Seidel,  « Stimme »