“Floating, drifting… this performance of Mozart firmly placed Jean -Bernard Marie amongst today’s virtuosi… He made his listeners shudder… and later there wa s more to satisfy the already conquered audience.”
Jean -Bernard Marie was born in Mauritius and moved to Australia at an early age where he was taught by Josephine Bell and Igor Hmelnitsky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He subsequently studied with Venstislav Yankoff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and obtained the ‘Premier Prix’. He then pursued his studies in London with Geoffrey Parsons before embarking on an international career.
Jean -Bernard Marie has performed extensively not only as a soloist but also as a Lieder accompanist and in chamber music and larger orchestral ensembles. His more recent recitals include:
UK : Cheltenham Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Royal Albert Hall (with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (three recital since 2002 – solo, lyric and chamber music).
France : Salle Gaveau (music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Gedhini with the DNJ Ensemble), Salle Cortot, Salle Pleyel.
Australia : Sydney Opera House (performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and piano soloist with Synergy Percussion – ‘Vanada’ by Michael Torke), Sydney Town Hall (solo recital for the Sydney Summer Festival).
Monaco : Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (piano soloist in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Lowell Lieberman).
USA : Weill recital at Carnegie Hall, New York (recital for Pro-Musicis).
Cuba : solo recital at the Teatro pro Arte Lirico in Havana.
Spain : L’Auditorio Nacional with L’Orquesta de la Communidad de Madrid, L’Auditorio Canal Isabel II (recital broadcast live on RTVE) Czech Republic: Prague Spring Festival (recital of Czech music).
In addition, Jean -Bernard Marie has performed for numerous radio broadcasts in Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe. His solo CD recordings include ‘Bachannal’ and ‘Silicon Music’ by Pascal Zavaro for Radio France, as well as two CD releases in 2007 of Czech composers and a solo recital album.