Born in 1995, French violinist Leo Marillier earned a Masters and a Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory in Miriam Fried’s studio, having benefitted from the Florence Gould Merit Award. He obtained an Artist Diploma at the Paris Conservatory in 2019, followed by a Masters in Research at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Joseph Puglia and Philippe Graffin, graduating in 2020. Following a special prize at the Tchaikovsky competition for Young Musicians in Seoul, and first prizes at the Marschner and Balys Dvarionas Competitions, he was granted full scholarship at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival & Academy, as well as the Banff Center, and the Starling-DeLay Symposium. He worked in America and Europe with such pedagogues as Midori Goto, Kim Kashkashian, Mihaela Martin, Donald Weilerstein, Hae-Sun Kang, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Alexis Galpérine, composers such as Stratis Minakakis, Katie Balch, Louis Goldford, Bruno Mantovani, Noriko Baba, Thomas Simaku, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho, and worked with conductors such as Robert Spano, Ludovic Morlot, Hugh Wolff, Valery Gergiev, Gil Rose, Julian Kuerti, Charles Dutoit, Joshua Weilerstein, Stefan Asbury. Among his chamber music partners are Joseph Houston, Christopher Redgate, Emile Naoumoff, Takuya Otaki, Raphaël Chrétien, Pierre Strauch. In 2019 he toured Colombia, Europe and the U.A.E., as a temporary member of the Diotima Quartet, giving premières, a Bartok cycle, as well as works by Schubert, Beethoven, Berg. He performed in venues such as the Hamburg ElbPhilharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie (string quartet), Radio-France auditorium, Jordan Hall, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. He performed and recorded in Paris Beethoven’s violin concerto, with the A-letheia Ensemble, led by American conductor Jacob Bass, following his own research on the manuscript and his elaboration of it, which led to his thesis in The Hague. At age thirteen he began performing as a soloist with orchestra the Beethoven romances, concerti by Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Kurt Weill, accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker, the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, and others. He premiered in Berlin Eun-Hwa Cho’s concerto « Jouissance de la Différence V ». He worked with Ensemble InterContemporain, 2e2m, Multilatérale, and is a regular member of Cairn Ensemble. He is artistic director of the Inventio festival in Paris and a founding member of the Joyce Quartet. He is recipient of the Fondation de France, Fondation des Etats-Unis, and Cité des Arts.
"A la fois technicien et poète de la matière, le virtuose Léo Marillier n’a pas seulement l’instinct sûr grâce à une technique éloquente et précise ; il comprend et éclaire de l’intérieur la musique"
Philippe Pham, classiquenews
"Jeu tout de poésie et de feu maîtrisé"
Alain Cochard, ConcertClassic
"A creative, thinking musician"
William Cole, Interlude HK
" Leo Marillier 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, Lincoln Center - New York - Laurie Niles
"Virtuosité à toute épreuve, traits perlés, nuances très subtiles, sens de la construction, brillants coups d'archet."
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