This year's CNSMD/Sorbonne scholarship has been awarded to Marianne Salmona, a doctoral student in musicology and literature, whose thesis looks at "Narrativity and interpretation : the example of character pieces for piano in Romantic Germany". She studies the work of interpretation, which is in itself "a creative act, because it gives a certain vision of the work being interpreted. In this way, the interpreter tells something during the performance and can be considered a narrator", she explains. The repertoire studied includes small character pieces by Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, as well as lesser-known composers such as Adolf Henselt.
Marianne Salmona naturally turned "towards German Romanticism, out of taste, but also out of interest in the links with a fantasy pop culture, which are of great interest to any pianist. The particular choice of character pieces was then made by going through the repertoire and discovering a whole range of unknown works". This approach echoes the Foundation's mission of rediscovering little-known artists, as well as its multidisciplinary approach.
A doctoral student at the CNSMD and the Sorbonne since 2020, Marianne Salmona studied literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and piano at the Université de Montréal and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Alongside her research, she has been an additional pianist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France since 2021, with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and with the Opéra de Limoges since 2022. She performs in chamber music concerts and as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Leipzig Opera House.
Our warmest congratulations to her.