Festival Inventio Closing concert

Léo Marillier, Festival Inventio artistic director, violonist and FEU alumni, created a musical program inspired by the frescoes in the Grand Salon for the 6th edition closing concert on the theme Listening and seeing.

Franck, Messiaen, Debussy, Menut have a common theme even though creating at different times: a fusion between the history of thought and the singular beauty of the idea, a regeneration of french art, in response to the fresco untitled The Four Ages of French art by Robert La Montagne Saint-Hubert, dating back 1930, which adorns the FEU’s Grand Salon. César Franck, composed a nuptial piece as a token of gratitude to his friend Ysaÿe, in echo with a renaissance of French Art. Debussy who gave free rein to his own imagination, succeeded at the very end of a tourmented life. Benoît Menut who intermingled the art of tribute with innovation integrity « on giants shoulders », and Messiaen who combine technique, the art of composition, and the millenial and the daily songs of birds. Léo Marillier, artistic direceot of the Festival Inventio.

Practical information

Date : September 30 | Time : 7:30pm | Facebook event
Access : visitors should arrived through the garden [access plan].
Covid : Please respect the general physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance. According to the government’s announcement, you will be asked for your vaccination passport or a negative PCR test done within the last 48h.



César Franck (1822-1890)
Sonate pour violon et piano LVW.8

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Extrait de Petites esquisses d’oiseaux pour Piano Seul

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Syrinx (argt. pour violon seul par Léo Marillier)
Sonate pour violon et piano L. 140

Benoît Menut (1977-)
Les nombres Op. 93 (2018)

About Musicians

Léo Marillier, « a poetic and fire-taming violin playing », 25, awarded with the highest honors for his Masters and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory in Boston in Miriam Fried’s class, has acquired in 2019 an Artist Diploma at the Paris CNSM specialized in 20th and 21th century performance and has recently brilliantly finished a thesis on Beethoven at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague as part of a second Masters, in research and performance. « A boundless curiosity and a musical imagination capable of leaving the tight spaces of his instrument, a refusal of the ephemereal comfort provided by his exceptionnal gifts. Leo has no limits », such was the cast his mentor Alexis Galpérine saw in him, as soon as he entered the Paris CNSM age 15, cast on which Leo built his engagements : creating the A-letheia ensemble, the Joyce Quartet, composer and arranger edited by Delatour since 2015, contributor at Jobert, artistic director of Festival Inventio, he joins the Ensemble Cairn, and is instrumental in bettering violin teaching in Madagascar. Fascinated by the blending of music and the world, as much as by acoustics or research, he works regularly with Ensemble Intercontemporain, 2e2m, les Cris de Paris, and composers such as Alain Bancquart, Clara Iannotta, Eun-Hwa Cho, Oscar Bianchi, Martin Matalon, Florence Baschet, Bernard Cavanna. Discover : his recording of the Beethoven concerto (in his own version according the manuscripts held in Vienna), edited at VDE Gallo/Cascavelle. Leo plays depending in the repertoire a Nicolas Lupot of 1811 on anonymous loan or a violin made in 2016 in Milan by his sister Juliette Marillier. Leo is invited to the Biennale de Venise in 2020 and by the French May Festival in Hong-Kong in 2021.

From a very early age, Clément Lefebvre showed a great interest in music. At 4, he started learning to play the piano, before discovering the percussions. After studying at the Lille Conservatory both instruments, he decided to focus fully on the piano. He entered the Hortense Cartier-Bresson’s class at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory, before integrating the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he studied with Roger Muraro, Isabelle Dubuis, Claire Désert, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alain Planès. Clément Lefebvre won in 2016 the First Prize and the Audience Prize of the James Mottram Piano Competition in Manchester. He is also laureate of the Banque Populaire Fondation, the Safran Fondation, the Meyer Fondation and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale. He is invited to perform in many prestigious concert halls, such as the Espace Flagey in Bruxelles, the French Ambassy of Dublin, the Philharmonie de Paris, and in many festivals : la Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival Chopin in Paris, Roque d’Anthéron international piano festival, Biarritz international piano classic festival, Les Pianissimes, Festival Messiaen, Piano en Valois… He performs as a soloist with orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko as a conductor, and the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine. He also plays on the radio for France Musique and Radio Classique. His first solo album devoted to Rameau and Couperin came out on June 2018 (label Evidence Classics). A second disc of Brahms and Schumann violin sonatas recorded with Shuichi Okada will be published soon (label Mirare).

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