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.

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.


Melissa SCHNEPS Violiniste — Teacher at the Maurice Ravel Conservatoire of Levallois

Born in Boston, Melissa Schneps studied at the Eastman School of Music (USA) and then at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Her career has led her to participate in a number of musical formations. She has toured Europe with the Léonore Quartet, and the polyvalent ensemble Strings & Co. For over fifteen years she was a regular chamber musician and teacher at the music festival La Note Envolée. She is a member of the Orchestre Lamoureux, and has also played regularly with such orchestras as the Orchestre de l’Opèra de Lyon, ONDIF, Atelier Lyrique. She has experience with both baroque and contemporary ensembles, and has also performed several theatre roles as an actor/violinist for contemporary theatre. She has participated in numerous recordings of symphonic and film music.

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, Bulgaria, Marta began the cello at the age of seven at the Municipal Music School Veselin Stoyanov. At age nine she obtained a first prize in a regional youth competition and continued her musical studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur of Music Pancho Vladiguerov, in the class of Bogomil Karakonov where she received a first prize for cello and chamber music. Marta performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and South Korea. She moved to France in 2003 where her career has been mainly focussed on chamber music. She also plays with the Orchestre Lamoureux and Accentus. She continued her studies with cellist Jean-Luc Bourée. Her musical repertory and style reflects her enchantment with music, and is much appreciated by the public.

Antoine NATUREL Double Bassist — DE 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.