Maïté Louis - Violin

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A child prodigy, Maïté Louis received her first violin lessons at the age of 3 and gave her first public performance at 8. Clotilde Münch was her violin teacher and assisted her pupil throughout her artistic development to help her avoid the traps that often threaten talented children. Her skills improved so quickly that, at 9, she was able to perform the Spanish Symphony by Edouard Lalo with an orchestra as well as the Violin Concerto n° 2 by Max Bruch. Maité came to prominence in her native France when she was awarded the Prix d’honneur at the musical contest organized by Radio France, aged 11. This enabled her to play the Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns with the Orchestre Colonne two years later. The same year she became the youngest performer featured at the Berlioz Music Festival. In the meanwhile, she was coached privately by Ivry Gitlis (from 11 to 15 years old), who dedicated a score to her during a summer academy, as a token of his high respect for the young artist: “ To the already great Maïté “ .

Although she easily passed the entrance competitive exam of the

CNSMDP - Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Paris National Conservatory), she chose to complete her musical studies at the High School for Music of Geneva, Switzerland. There she successively enrolled in the class of Marie-Annick Nicolas and Jean-Pierre Wallez, obtaining a Master’s degree in violin performance in 2003. She also worked with other sought-after violinists such as Patrice Fontanarosa, Zakhar Bron, Nejmi Succari, Igor Garlitsky, Pavel Vernikov and Flora Elfège.

Maité Louis is the recipient of numerous national and international contests. She obtained, among others, the second prize at the International Alexander Glazunov Competition in the Republic of Karelia (Russian Federation), as well as the Honour Award for Female Artists and Musicians.

Maïté Louis is currently sharing her activities between her career as a performing artist, her position as a concertmaster at the Orchestre Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and her teaching activities at the Grenoble Regional Conservatory of Music. She regularly appears as a soloist with conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Jean-Christophe Keck, Donatus Katkus, Nicolas Brochot, and with such leading musicians as Ivry Gitlis, Patrice Fontanarosa, Marie-Annick Nicolas, Jacques Charpentier and Jean-Luc Manca.

Maïté Louis was invited to perform as a soloist by numerous musical ensembles (the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne, the Vilnius San Christofer Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de chambre des Hautes Alpes, the Ensemble Musicœur, the Ensemble Vauban, the Symphonia Musica Orchestra...). Her interest in contemporary music led her to collaborate with French composers Graciane Finzi and Philippe Hersant.

She works with two theatrical companies: Les Inachevés and Les Voisins du Dessous respectively under the direction of Moïse Touré and Pascale Henry. She also engages collaboration with the dance company of Jean-Claude Gallotta, with actor and actress Manuel Lelièvre and Isabelle Carré, as well as musicians such as Olivia Ruiz, Maurice Baquet, Gilles Servat and, the late and sorely missed Didier Lockwood... She is a member of an Irish folk music trio ‘IRISH KIND OF’, with which she has toured in France and abroad for ten years.

Maïté Louis has recorded several albums of classical, folk and current music. The Lalive Foundation and the French National Collection of Instruments have lent her two outstanding instruments, on which she has been performing extensively for many years. She is currently playing a modern violin crafted by the French violin maker Pierre Caudal, as well as an ancient violin made by Jacobus Horil in 1777.