Marielle Nordmann

French classical harpist (1941, Montpellier)

Lily Laskine’s spiritual daughter, Marielle Nordmann has divided her time between recitals, creations, organising festivals and pedagogy.

Marielle Nordmann took her first piano lessons at the age of six. Being pupil of Lily Laskine some years later encouraged her to choose another instrument: she decided to start her harp studies at the Conservatory of Paris. There she won a first prize in 1958, then a chamber music first prize in Jean Hubeau’s class in 1959. Between 1960 and 1978, she led the Nordmann Trio with flautist André Guilbert and cellist Renaud Fontanarosa, performing both in France and abroad. She plays in some recitals and duets with Lily Laskine, her husband Patrice Fontanarosa, or performs accompanied by the best international orchestras.

She got passionate about harpist and composer Elias Parish Alvars, therefore she created a French version of his opus 91 and 98 concerts, before recording with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in 1993. Her musical personality has inspired contemporary composers such as Karol Beffa, Jean Françaix, Philippe Hersant and Einojuhani Rautavaara, who has dedicated solos and concertos to her.

Real pedagogue, she taught in Argentina from 1989 to 1999, while giving master classes at the Paris Conservatory. She became co-founder of the Lily Laskine Competition in 1993 and of Journées de la Harpe in Arles, in 1995. Since 2008, she has been artistic director of the festival Les Musicales de Bagatelle, which she created to promote young talents. In 2010, she founds with Eduardo Garcia the harp and bandoneon duet "Encuentro ".

Six landmark date in the life of Marielle Nordmann

1951: she met Lily Laskine

1996: she was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters)

1997: she wrote Lily Laskine, published by Cahiers du temps

1998: she received the Chevalier de l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honour) ribbon

2011: she created the musical “le Conte de Jataka” directed by Marie Pierre Labrune

2012: she recorded chamber music works by Debussy and Caplet with quartet Quatuor Debussy

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Biography from Radio France’s document database, October 2014