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François Martigné


The violist François Martigné won the first prize with honors unanimously at the age of 17 in the Paris Chamber Music Competition, and in 2000, he received the first prize in viola from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He furthered his studies under Ludmilla Choubina, holder of the viola class at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Moscou, and with international soloists Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Mendelssohn, and Mark Drobinsky.

He regularly performs concerts in France and abroad. He has undertaken several tours in Asia as a member of the Paris Mozart Trio, with their concerts and masterclasses being broadcast on television. He also collaborates with numerous orchestras such as the Cannes Orchestra, Paris Mozart Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Aube, Orfeo 55, Chamber Orchestra of Valais, Palais Royal, Alliance Orchestra, among others. In chamber music, he founded the Trio Lenitas, which has performed in Argentina, China, France, Greece, Russia, Switzerland, among other countries.

He is a founding member of the Paris Opera Ensemble, which performs throughout France, and he played for two years in the Elysée Quartet, whose first violinist Christophe Giovaninetti founded the Ysaye Quartet. He performs chamber music with musicians such as Guillaume Martigné, Eric Lacrouts, Svetlin Roussev, Hugues Borsarello, Simon Bernardini, Mark Drobinsky, Nicolas Stavy, Sofia Gulbadamova, Ayako Tanaka, Michel Michalakakos, David Bismuth, Luz Leskowitz, Radu Blidar, and others.

François Martigné has recorded around ten CDs and DVDs, and he also participated in Radu Mihaileanu’s film “Le Concert”.

Alongside his career as a performer, he has been teaching since 2001. He plays on a remarkable viola made in Vienna in 1747.

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