Stéphanie-Marie Degand (W)
Stéphanie-Marie Degand is nowadays one of the rare performers able to master the techniques and codes of a repertoire ranging from the 17th century to contemporary creation.
Trained in Caen by Jean-Walter Audoli and Emmanuelle Haïm, she unanimously joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Jacques Ghestem's class. There she immediately affirmed her ambition to decompartmentalise repertoires, benefiting from the teaching of masters such as Jacques Rouvier, Alain Meunier, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, but also William Christie, Christophe Rousset, Patrick Bismuth and Christophe Coin. She graduated with four 1st Prizes, before embarking on an atypical career.
Confirmed soloist, passionate chamber musician, active violin soloist, conductor and teacher, her artistic approach is regularly praised: Grand Prix Adami 95, 2nd Grand Prix of the Ferras-Barbizet Competition 97, Classical Revelation at the Midem 98, Natexis Prize 99, Sacem Prize 2002, "Most promising artist" at the Victoires de la Musique 2005.
In 2000, she co-founded with Emmanuelle Haïm the Concert d'Astrée, where she was the violin soloist and then musical assistant.
She has performed in the most prestigious concert halls, under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine, Francois-Xavier Roth, Jeremie Rhorer, Laurence Equilbey; in chamber music with Marie-Josèphe Jude, Francois-Frederic Guy, Christie Julien, Violaine Cochard, Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Marc Coppey, Miguel Da Silva...
From the violin, she has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Les Violons du Roy, L'Orchestre d'Auvergne; she was assistant conductor of Jérémie Rhorer at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for Don Giovanni in 2016 then Le Nozze di Figaro in 2019, assistant conductor of Sébastien Rouland for Le Postillon de Longjumeau at the Opéra Comique in 2019, then of Laurent Campellone for Fantasio, this season.
Her discography faithfully illustrates this insatiable musical curiosity, from Monteverdi to Tanguy, from the romantic concerto to the violin-harpsichord duo.
Holder of Teaching Degree, she has been teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris since 2012, both as a professor of "modern" violin and in the early music department.
Stéphanie-Marie Degand is the artistic director of the ensemble La Diane Française, which she founded in 2016 and with which she explores all the facets of French art through the centuries.