Léo Marillier, rising young musician, has been a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions and awards including the First Prize and Mozart Prize Dvarionas Competition, First Prize Marschner Competition, Special Tchaikovsky Interpretation Prize 6th Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Corea, Grand Prix d’Honneur Bellan Competition. In addition, he was the recipient of the Williamson Foundation of Music Award of California in 2014, Prize winner Mécénat Musical Société Générale and laureate Fonds Instrumental Français, he benefitted two violins for loan and since 2013 he has been supported by Florence Gould French-American Foundation. He is playing a bow loaned by the Ateliers Raffin (Paris)

 

Performing as a soloist with orchestra at the early age of 13 with the renowned Wiener Symphoniker directed by Thomas Rösner, the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, LOH Orchestra in Germany, the Danish National Youth Orchestra (Mendelssohn Concerto) and recently played the Tchaïkovski Concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique InterUniversitaire de Paris directed by Evelyne Aïello, he was invited in 2013 to play the Bach double-concerto with Christina Mc Gann and the Banff Orchestra.Leo Marillier is invited as a guest artist in numerous festivals: Festival de Menton,  Festival des Arcs, Festival Classique au Vert de Paris, Festivalia, Concerts Espérance, Concerts Jeunes Talents, Les étés d’Hanneucourt, Les Nocturnes de la Chartreuse de Mélan, les Amis du Château de la Motte-Tilly… and also gives numerous recitals in venues such as Oratoire du Louvre, la Sorbonne, Hôtel de Soubise, Salle Pleyel,  Rostropovitch Hall, Auditorium Bernanos, Amphithéâtre Richelieu, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Utopia Hall … His tour in Lithuania in 2011 as a commemoration Liszt’ influence on late romantic music was praised. As the violinist of and the artistic director of the malleable group Transatlantique (duo, trio, piano quartet), he performed at Abbaye de Preuilly, Meudon, Provins, American Cathedral of Paris, the Foundation of United States. ..

 

Playing in 2013 under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Léo  is involved in Bostonian cultural life joining the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Benjamin Zander and serves as the Concertmaster and soloist of Eureka Orchestra under the direction of Kristo Kondakci and playing in Bostonian venues as a soloist : Consul of France’s Residence, Jordan Hall, French Cultural Center of Boston... Léo Marillier was also the 2015 artistic director of Les Après-Midi de Saint-Loup, serie of concerts near Paris which promotes the concept of Concert-lecture. He has also developed a presence in the world of chamber music with cellist Xavier Gagnepain, violinists Eric Crambes and Richard Schmoucler and members of Debussy Quartet.

 

He joined New England Conservatory at 17 for a Master in violin performance after having passed his bachelor of music with the highest academic distinctions and “first nominated” from the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris in Alexis Galpérine’s class.   In 2015, Léo graduated with the academic distinctions at NEC with Miriam Fried. He continues mentoring with Miriam Fried, Midori and Mihaela Martin. Invited in 2016 with a full Merit-Award by Aspen Festival, he attended other famous young artists academies as a recipient of Festival de Radio-France, Young Artists Academy in Ottawa, Académie de Villecroze, Crans Montana Classics, Starling-Delay Julliard Symposium, Académie de Lausanne where he worked with maestros Sylvia Rosenberg, Donald Weilerstein, Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Ronald Copes, Schlomo Mintz, Victor Danchenko Joël Smirnoff, Giora Schmidt, Pierre Amoyal, Stephane Tran Ngoc Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, and Sergey Kalinovsky.

 

He released his first CD Fantaisies d’Opéra at 17 with the pianist Alexandre Lory, demonstrating his gifts as a violinist and transcriber (edited by Delatour France). The Harvard Club commissioned him a transcription of “Réminiscences of Don Juan” and he premiered "Resurgences" for solo violin, one of his own composition at Maison de Radio-France for a charitable concert. 

 

Invited by Corean TV, Lithuanian TV, FR3, IDFM Radio Enghien, TV77.

Releases

 

"Orchestre complice sans chef - Bouffée de fraicheur avec A-letheia qui se distingue par son jeu lumineux et quelques partis pris audacieux bien dosés imprimés par son charismatique concertmaster"

La République de Seine-et-marne, septembre 2017

 

"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

 

"As well as being a fine violinist, his gifts as a composer/transcriber exhibit great promise. ..

Like Ricci, Marillier has mastered many of the virtuosic techniques required for this sort of music. Clear, well-focused harmonics, ricochet bowing and beauty of tone are especially evident. This is rhythmically alert playing, energized and vital. Lyrical sections are delivered with passionate, ardent fervour. Rubato is always subtly applied. The waltz-theme at the end is delightful....  Marillier shows great resourcefulness and flair in his transcriptions"- Web international Music,  3 April 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 »