Degand: conductor, violin

Paweł Hendrich: composer


Having studied in Caen under Jean-Walter Audoli and also Emmanuelle Haim, Stéphanie-Marie Degand was admitted by unanimous verdict in 1990 to the Paris Conservatoire to study with Jacques Ghestem where she distinguished herself with individual flair (four 1st prizes and admission to the advanced performers’ course). Here she forged her current artistic approach through her scholarship as much of romantic and contemporary repertoire as baroque and classical under the wings of William Christie, Patrick Bismuth, Christophe Rousset and Christophe Coin.

Since then she has marked out a highly individual and glittering career. As soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and guest artist, she is committed to exploring the sonorities and styles suited to each work in the vast repertoire of the violinist. This artistic approach is frequently acclaimed: the Adami Grand Prix 1995, 2nd Prize in the 1997 Ferras-Barbizet competition, finalist in the 1998 Munich ARD competition, 1998 nomination as the Midem ‘Révélation Classique’, 1999 nomination as Laureate of the Natexis Foundation and winner of the 2002 Sacem Prize. In 2005 she was nominated “Révélation” as instrumental soloist in the ‘Victoires de la Musique Classique”.

She appears in the major European concert halls and festivals, notably alongside Violaine Cochard, Olivier Peyrebrune, Vahan Mardirossian, Vanessa Wagner, Xavier Phillips, Emmanuelle Bertrand and Antoine Tamestit, and with period orchestras such as la Chambre Philharmonique, The King’s Consort, Les Siècles and Le Parlement de Musique.

Her debut disc of repertoire from Biber to Tanguy (Intrada 2002) received high critical acclaim (ffff de Télérama). She has also recorded two concerti by the Chevalier de St George (Assai) and the concerto for violin and organ by Haydn with Olivier Vernet (Ligia). The Mozart duos for violin and viola with Pierre Frank appeared in 2006 (Ligia) as well as the ‘German Arias’ for soprano and violin by G.F. Handel with Carolyn Sampson and the King’s Consort (Hypérion). In 2008 she recorded the Schumann sonatas and romances with O.Peyrebrune (Ligia) and in 2009 a recital dedicated to Théodore Dubois with Laurent Martin (Ligia). A Mozart-Duphly recital disc with Violaine Cochard at the harpsichord will shortly be released and in 2011 she is to record the sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach as well as the Tchaikovsky concerto under the baton of Vahan Mardirossian.

Since 2007 Stéphanie-Marie has been assistant director of Le Concert d’Astrée which she cofounded with Emmanuelle Haim in 2001. She regularly directs it in instrumental programmes as well as directing the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, the Altantic Youth Orchestra and the Dijon Bourgogne Youth Orchestra. Since 2007 she has taught at the Caen Conservatoire. Stéphanie has also been appointed since this year as tutor at the distinguished Paris Conservatoire.

She plays two magnificent Italian violins (Catenari 1710 and Gennaro Gagliano 1756).

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