violín, Stéphanie-Marie Degand
Stéphanie-Marie first studied violin in Caen with Jean-Walter Audoli and Emmanuelle Haim and was admitted, by unanimous verdict, to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 1990 where she studied with Jacques Ghestem. At the Conservatoire she forged her current artistic approach through her studies of extremely diverse repertoire with William Christie, Patrick Bismuth, Christophe Rousset and Christophe Coin; winning four 1st prizes and admission into the Advanced Performer's course. After finishing her studies at the Conservatoire she established herself as an artist with a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician, often appearing as a guest artist and in recital. Stéphanie-Marie's dedication and artistic exploration of music is extrememly important to her and has brought much acclaim to her playing in competitions such as the Adami Grand Prix (1995), the Second Prize in the Ferras-Barbizet competition (1997), finalist in the Munich ARD competition (1998), a nomination for the Midem "Révélation Classique" (1998), a nomination for Laureate of the Natexis Foundation (1999) and winner for the Sacem Prize (2002). In 2005 Stéphanie-Marie was nominated "Révélation" as instrumental soloist in the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Stéphanie-Marie has a large discography, appearing as a soloist, collaborator and recitalist. Her debut album in 2002 received critical acclaim ('ffff' de Télérama) and contained a wide offering of repertoire from Biber to Tanguy (Intrada). Stéphanie-Marie has since recorded two concertos by the Chevalier de St George (Assai) and Haydn's Concerto for Violin and Organ with Olivier Vernet (Ligia). Stéphanie-Marie performs on her Italian violins (Catenari, 1710 and Gennaro Gagliano, 1756).