Biography of Hélène Maréchaux
Hélène has always loved to travel. Whether for family adventures in Yemen as a child, or musical ones around the world ever since. As a teenager, it was England that first attracted her, where she took part in many chamber music projects and courses, including the IMS festival in Prussia Cove, where she was instantly fascinated by the mysterious and beautiful Cornish coutnryside. It was here she met a large number of musicians who have greatly inspired her in her career.
After a few years at the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Régis Pasquier, she went to Germany where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, in the class of Mi-kyung Lee. She quickly discovered the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, where she played for four years, participating in many exciting projects, such as the recording Beethoven's symphonies under the direction of Mariss Jansons at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. At the same time, she benefitted from intense chamber music activity, in particular receiving coaching from Pamela Frank and Robert Mann at the IMAS quartet academy founded by Seiji Ozawa.
Always attracted to working in small ensembles, Hélène then joined the Munich Chamber Orchestra, (Münchener Kammerorchester). This training enabled her to discover a whole new way of making music, through allowing close collaboration with many great guest artists. Now based in France, Helene works regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as with Baroque ensembles Hokapelle München and Arcangelo, and the theatre of Augsburg, where she is regularly called to the post of violin solo. The i giardini ensemble offers her the opportunity to share her hidden passion for the viola, which she is always happy to practise! She is the founder of "Les concerts à l'envie", concerts in the place, upside down and with envy.