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Un peu de poésie pour adoucir le passage des heures




A little poetry to soften the passage of hours


Premiere of my string trio "Remains," commission of Bard Music West



Robert Schumann: Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor. II. Langsam . Live

Mélanie Clapiès: Trois Tableaux 1900,

op.1 for violin and cello




Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès is a violinist who cultivates a unique solo and chamber music career worldwide. 


A versatile and fluid artist, her collaborators have included musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Roger Tapping, and John Myerscough, Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Adam Laloum, Guillaume Vincent, and conductors Carolyn Kuan and Louis Lohraseb. She performs regularly in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, and National Sawdust and has participated in festivals in the United States including Yellow Barn, in France at Colmar, Musique en roue libre in Arras, the Festival de Pâques and the Août Musical in Deauville, la Roque d’Anthéron a part of the Trio Siddhartha, in Italy at the Salon Romantique of the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice,  “Suona Francese” in Naples, Portogruaro, in Spain at the festival “Fondation Monteleon” in Leon, and in Algeria, Malta, and Russia.


In 2012, she founded the annual chamber music festival “En attendant…” in Burgundy, France, with cellist Yan Levionnois. Together, they recorded an album of duos for violin and cello (Pierrots Lunaires, Fondamenta/Sony, 2104) as a part of her ongoing interest in exploring and uplifting unusual repertoire. 


Named a Zonta Club laureate in 2001, she has also received the Broadus Erle Prize (2013), the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize (2014), and the Philip Francis Nelson Prize from Yale University (2015). At Yale, she was the winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition in 2015 with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, a piece that she particularly cherishes.


Mélanie studied at the Conservatoires Nationaux Supérieurs de Musique in both Lyon and Paris. A passionate educator, she has been on faculty at the Conservatories in Toulon and Bordeaux as well as the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 2014 and 2015, after having moved to the United States, she received her M.M. and A.D. from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Syoko Aki. She is currently completing a Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Mark Steinberg.


A resident of San Francisco, Ms. Clapiès splits her time between performing concerts, composing, and writing fiction.




Pierrots Lunaires, 2013

György Ligeti: Hommage à Hilding Rosenberg

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Dos Chôros

Krystof Maratka: Poèmes

Iannis Xenakis: Dhipli Zyia

Erwin Schulhoff: Duo

Schulhoff: Duo, II. Zingareska
Pierrots Lunaires



Performances and events 2019

February 21, 7:00 PM
Music Salon
Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K 423
Schubert: String Trio in B-flat Major, D 471
Mozart: Quartet for clarinet and strings, K 378
With Yasmina Spiegelberg, Clarinet, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Cello, & Dimitri Murrath, Viola
Alliance Française de San Francisco, CA
March 23, 7:30 PM
Dvorak: String Quartet no.10
Smetana: String Quartet no.1
With Rachel Ostler-Abbott, Violin, Alexandra Simpson, Viola, Saul Richmond-Rakerd, Cello
East Lake, Oakland, CA
March 28-31: Bard Music West Plays: Games and Revolution
Danny Clay: Play Book
Danny Clay: Toy Piano Music
Haydn: String Quartet in A major, op. 20 no.6
Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution
Gabriella Smith: Anthozoa
With Zenas Hsu, Violin,  Jessica Chang, Viola, Laura Gaynon, Cello, Allegra Chapman, Piano & Mika Nakamura, Percussion.
March 28, 8 PM: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor street, San Francisco, CA
March 29, 7:30 PM: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E Charleston street, Palo Alto, CA
March 30, 1 PM: Berkeley art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
March 31, 2:30 PM: Private event, San Jose, CA
April 27, 7:30 PM

Bodhi Tree Concerts North - Living Composers Series - the music of Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson: Batik

With Mark Anderson, Piano

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, CA


May 11, 8 PM
Eliott Carter: First String Quartet
With Emma Frucht, violin, Roger Tapping, viola & Coleman Itzkoff.
New York, NY
May 17, 8 PM
Les Pierrots Lunaires
Duos for violin and cello
With Yan Levionnois, cello
Domaine de La Fond des Pères, Le Beausset, France
June 2, 7 PM
Brahms: Violin sonatas op.78, op.100, op.108
With Patrick Hemmerlé, piano
Clare Hall College, Cambridge, UK
June 9-29
Young Artist Programs
Violin Teaching Fellow
Putney, VT
June 30-August 4
Yellow Barn
Putney, VT


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