Faculty Biographies

Maria CISZEWSKA Violinist, teacher at the French/German School of Music in St. Cloud

Born into a family of musicians in Poland, Maria Ciszewska grew up in Germany, where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar in the class of Karl-Georg Deutsch. At that time she discovered her passion for chamber music and completed her education with members of the prestigious Trio Abegg, the Amadeus Quartet and the Artemis Quartet.
She played with numerous orchestras in Germany. After obtaining her Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in the class of Yfrah Neaman, she moved to Paris in 2003. In 2004 she was invited to be artist in residence by the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud. A member of the Orchestre Lamoureux, she also plays regularly with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans and with the jazz group Trace du Géant. Since 2015 she is also a member of the Fabrique Opéra Val de Loire. Her string trio, Trio Sans Ombre (Nicolas Galière, Marta Bannenberg) received favorable reviews.

Masha LANKOVSKY is presently a violin professor at the Versailles Conservatory of Music in France and an avid researcher of the traditions of the Russian Violin School.  Her English edition and translation of the writings of Yuri Yankelevich was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and her articles have appeared in The Strad magazine.  Masha Lankovsky received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington where she studied with Nelli Shkolnikova, and her doctorate from the City University of New York. As a violinist Masha has appeared in international festivals such as Schleswig Holstein,  Britten Pears festival, the American Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, and multiple residencies at the Banff Centre. Her recording “Russian Dreams” with pianist Byron Schenkman was released on the Centaur label and features rarely-heard compositions by Taneyev, Roslavets, Medtner, Prokofiev, and Scriabin. Deeply committed to music education, Masha Lankovsky previously taught for eleven years at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York where she also served as Director of the Classical Division

Marie-Christine MARTINIE MYRON

Marie Christine MARTINIE MYRON

Violinist and conductor — Teacher at the Conservatoires of Maisons Alfort. Ivry-sur-Seine and Les Lilas

After acting as artistic director of the Académie de Musique Internationale à Vaison la Romaine, welcoming over twenty-five nationalities and partnering with North American universities such as Columbia, NY and Calgary Fine Arts, for more than ten years, and motivated by her passion for the transmission of knowledge and discovery of cultural heritage. Marie-Christine Martinie-Myron is the founder and director of the Music Academy at Mirecourt. Her musical education with some of the most prestigious teachers in France and at the Juilliard School in New York has led her to participate in ensembles recognised for their artistic and esthetic qualities, ranging in style from the 18th century until tomorrow… She has played baroque repertory with ensembles such as La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy or Akademia, opera and ballet with the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris, sypmphonic music with the Orchestre de Paris, and contemporary music with groups such as Ars Nova, 2E2M, and has participated in numerous recordings with artists from varied horizons including popular music and jazz.


Mathilde Gileni-Mondon , violinist. Professor at the Creil Conservatory of Music.

Mathilde studied violin under the supervision of Carmen Fournier and Arnaud Lehmann.
Graduate of a Bachelor in Musicology at Sorbonne University, she also graduated of a violin DEM at the CNR of Versailles under the supervision of Jezdimir Vujicic.
She then practices at the “Institut Musical et Pédagogique” of Namur in Belgium, with Marc Daniel as her tutor. She diversifies her skills by playing barock violin at the CNR of Versailles with Patrick Bismuth.
She performed in the orchestral band of Vujicic and was also the lead violin in the “Ensemble Parisien” between 2007 and 2009. Thus, she was involved in recording of various movie soundtracks and a music recording with the pianist Rebecca Chaillot. For now, she often performs with the Compiègne orchestra ( directed by Daniel Delaunay), the orchestral band Opus60 (solo violin), the orchestral brand Col Legno (directed by Alain Rémy), many classical and barock orchestra such as Duo Campésien (violin and alto duet), Camerata St Louis, ensemble du Rosaire.

Thierry CHEVALLIER “Crossover” violist, Thierry was born in Martinique where he spent his early childhood. He got his Viola award at CRR Bayonne-Côte Basque … while performing on Saturday nights with his Progressive Rock band. After many years at the Bayonne-Cote-Basque Orchestra and the Pau-Pays de Béarn Orchestra, he performed in Paris with the Lamoureux Orchestra, the Colonne Orchestra, the Pasdeloup Orchestra, and in France with the ONPL, the Limousin’s Symphonic and Lyric Orchestra, the Capitol Orchestra of Toulouse. He participates in many TV shows and recording sessions. Bachelor of Musicology at the University of Pau, composer, he is passionated from the mid-80s, for the digital revolution. “Apple Certified Trainer” on Logic Pro X, he gives master classes at 40ème rugissants, a training center specialized in new technologies. He also teaches violin, viola and conducts the Dancing Orchestra (Music and Choregraphy) at Musique Ensemble XX music school in Paris.

Nicolas GALIEREPhoto nico Violist — DE Diploma, Teacher at the Conservatoires of Melun, Villeneuve St. Georges and in Paris at the Entracte Association.

Nicolas Galière, obtained first prize for viola and chamber music at the Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence, and a prize in viola from the Regional Conservatoire of Paris in the class of T. Adamopoulos. He continued his studies at the Quartet Academy in Vienna with members of the Amadeus and Berg Quartets. He went on to perform at the chamber music festival Ima Concerts in Japan in 1998. In 2000 he became a member of the Gaudi Quartet. A laureate of the Cziffra foundation, and supported by Pro Quartet, resident artist at the Abbaye La Prée, he had the privilege of continuing his studies with such artists as Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet), Alexander V. Galkovsky (Schostakovitch Quartet) and Paul Katz (Cleveland Quartet). In 2003 his quartet was selected to participate in the International Quartet Competition in Bordeaux. He has collaborated with prestigious artists such as Dominique de Williencourt, Olivier Charlier, Philippe Bernold, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Ludmilla Berlinskaïa, at the Rencontres Musicales de La Prée, at the Abbaye de Noirlac, at the Fêtes Romantiques de Nohant… He is now a member of the Quatuor Simon, with whom he recorded the quartet by Edouard Lalo in 2010. Invited to lead the viola section by the Orchestre Nationale de Chambre de Toulouse, he has also played with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, l’Orchestre Opéra Eclaté and the Ensemble Alma Viva. He is at present a member of the Open Chamber Orchestra.

Marta BANNENBERG Cellist — Teacher at the Conservatoire of Villeneuve-la-Garenne

Born in Rousse in Bulagaria, Marta starts to play the cello at the age of 7 at the municipal school for music ‘Veselin Stoyanov’. At the age of 9, she obtains the first prize at a regional contest for young musicians and pursuits her studies at the superior musical conservatory ‘Pancho Vladiguerov’ dans la classe de Bogomil Karakonov et obtains the first prize for cello and chamber music. Solo cello, Marta plays in numerous orchestras in Bulgaria , Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and South Corea. In France since 2003, her career continues predominantly in chamber music and with orchestras such as Lamoureux, Accentus and Orchestra National de France. She enhances her skills under Jean-Luc Bourrée. Deeply attached to music, her musical repertoire is very varied and her playing is especially appreciated by the public for its technical and still very warm expression.

Magali BOYER, cellist

Since October 2010, Magali Boyer is a musician at the Music Museum/Philharmonie de Paris where she presents baroque and modern cellos and plays during visits of the museum. She also participates in the musical interventions during symposiums and in the recording project of historical instruments (June 2017). She works as an orchestra musician or continuo player with Les Arts Florissants, La Tempête, the Ensemble Baroque Atlantique, the Bach Collegium Paris, the ensemble Jubileo and the Ensemble Précipitations, on a regular basis; she also played with Orfeo 55 and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, among others. Since 2011, she teaches cello, chamber music and musical awakening in two associative schools in the 11th district in Paris, both for children and adults. Magali Boyer is a former student of Etienne Péclard at the CRR of Bordeaux where she graduated with DEM and later a postgraduate diploma in cello and chamber music. She then choses to study historical instruments and enters the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe where she studies historical cello with Ageet Zweistra. She was the student of David Simpson at the CRR of Paris in baroque cello and perfected her craft with Alain Gervreau at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where she graduated with a Master in de Muziek in 2010 and the award of excellence Igeborg Köberle. In 2009, she won the 2nd price at the Van Wassenaer Competition in Amsterdam.

Antoine NATUREL Double Bassist Diploma Teacher at the Conservatoire of Villejuif

 Persuaded of the importance of stylistic diversity, Antoine Naturel studied both the double bass and the harpsichord. After receiving a diploma in harpsichord in the class of Noëlle Spieth and Fréderic Michel (basso continuo) he decided to dedicate himself more specifically to the double bass and obtained a diploma (National Supérieur Professionel) at the Pole Supérieure of Paris Boulogne-Billancourt in the class of Vincent Pasquier and Daniel Marillier, while simutaneously a state diploma as teacher of classical double bass. His enthusiasm for teaching has led him to accept a post as teacher in the Conservatoire of Villejuif, and his passion for symphonic repertory leads him to perform regularly with such prestigious orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris, the Opéra National de Paris, the Opéra National de Lorraine, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, the orchestra “Les Siècles” and the Orchestre Pasdeloup.

Emile MARMEUSE was born in a small village in the Moselle region, at Gorze, where his father repaired double basses in his atelier of lutWhen six years old, Emile began studying the double bass at the Conservatoire of Metz. After obtaining his diploma he began his professional life at a young age, playing with the contemporary music ensemble Galiléo, and with such orchestras as the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy and the Orchestre Symphonique de Thionville. Curious about other styles of music he has broadened his repertory, in particular by performing Slap. This musical technique comes from jazz, and associates percussive and melodic sound elements of the instrument. He records and performs with different groups including Marco et les Ferrailleurs, Les Wayfarers, Les Mos’cats. Emile is enthusiastic about the art of lutherie and bow-making. At the present he is completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris.