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Martine began studying music in Nice, where she was born, under Mme Delbert-Février.

 
She received her first prize in piano while studying with Gabriel Tacchino. She was awarded first prize in the city of Nice under the direction of Pierre Cochereau for the Concerto en sol of Maurice Ravel, after which she studied at the National Conservatory of Paris.

 
There, she received first prize in chamber music and first prize in piano. She was also awarded the prize of best musical interpretation of French music in the International Competition of Cleveland (U.S.A.). Martine worked in collaboration with Gaby Casadesus to broaden her repertoire of French music.

 
She then went on to refine her playing with Maria Cuscio (a student of A. Schnabel) in London. Her technique brought her to Russian music, and Modeste Moussorgsky’s "Tableaux d’une exposition" with Constantin Bogino (pianist of the trio Tchaikovsky).

 
At the same time, she became interested in traditional music, and studied tabla drums from the north of India. She began studying classical singing, which she has practiced for two years.

 
Martine gives numerous concerts, both as a soloist and as a part of chamber music groups (sonatas, trios, quartets, quintets). She has played at the Academy of St Jean de Luz in Monaco under the direction of Michel Plasson, with Laurence Foster, with the Orchestre Provence Côte d’Azur, with the Ensemble orchestral de l’Ile de France (founded by Georges Kan), and also under the direction of J-F Kremer (on Beethoven’s 3rd concerto). She frequently gives concerts abroad, as near as Germany, and as far away as Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

 
In the last few years, she has devoted herself to contemporary music, collaborating with such French composers as Claude Ballif, Joseph-François Kre, Philippe Leroux, François-Bernard Mâche, Guy Reibel, and Christophe Frionnet.

 
She has recorded the complete work of François-Bernard Mâche for piano produced by Naxos, and 18 poetic studies of Christophe Frionnet (CD and scores forthcoming from Delatour). She is currently preparing a new CD devoted to the work of Tristan Murail.

 
Martine is also engaged in composing musical tales for youth musicians, including :

 
"Voyage beneath the Sea", a musical tale after a text by Jules Supervieille, "L’Enfant de la haute mer". The music of this tale has been produced by IMD (International Musique Diffusion).

 
"Pan, Rural Suite", a suite in 9 scenes for percussions and different instrumental groups and piano for 4 hands. She wrote the text of this tale.

 
Her next show, "Olan and the fairy garden", is a musical tale for percussions, choir et piano for 4 hands. The text is by Dominique Feniès, Martine’s husband, who is a writer and a musician.

 
See the Photos section of the site.

 
Her first works for piano 4 hands and piano 6 hands have been produced by IMD (International Music Diffusion), Arpèges Diffusion.

Repertoire

Soloist

H. Dutilleux (sonate) ;
C. Debussy (préludes, Estampes, Masques, L’isle joyeuse, études) ;

M. Ravel (complete works, excepting la Valse) ;

C. Franck (prélude choral et fugue) ;

M. Moussorgsky (Tableaux d’une exposition) ;
R. Schumann (Carnaval op 7 Kreisleriana, sonate en fa dièse mineur) ;

L. von Beethoven (sonates bagatelles) ;

Haydn (sonates).

 
Contemporary
F-B. Mâche (nocturne pour piano et bande) ;

C. Ballif (1ere sonate) ;
J-F. Kremer (klaviersäzt) ;

P. Leroux (ppp : piano - flûte) ;
AAA (ensemble instrumental) ;

T. Murail (territoires de l’oubli ;
C. loches d’adieu et un sourire) ;
Rautavaara (1ere et 2eme sonate) ;
M. Ohana (3 caprices, études).

 
Chamber music
"Vaste répertoire en sonate" piano violon "et "piano violoncelle" 
En trio p vl velle : MENDELSSOHN ;
Schubert ;
Chostakovitch ;
Ravel ;
Turina :
Beethoven ;

Haydn ;
Mozart ;
O. Messiaen (Quatuor pour la fin des temps) ;

R. Schumann (Quintette) ;

Brahms (Quintette).

 
Piano and song
Wide-ranging and varied projects, including French and Spanish melodies.