Julien Martineau

Julien Martineau, born in 1978, is one of a few mandolinists in Europe to have established a prominent artistic carrier. He is highly valued by well known musical contemporaries for his musical qualities and the refined tone of his playing, far from the clichés of the mandolin. With acclaimed pianist Bertrand Chamayou, he has developed a program of Sonatas for mandolin and piano that spans the 18th century to modern times.  With Jean-Francois Zygel he has worked on several projects which include Beethoven for mandolin and piano, among other pieces. He accompanies such singers as Natalie Dessay, Thomas Hampson, Ludovic Tézier, Florian Sempey and Laurent Naoury.

Julien Martineau has played as a soloist in many prominent concert halls and at numerous prestigious music festivals. Most notably in France :  Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Sorbonne in Paris, Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, and Festival de Besançon.  He has also played at the Victoria Hall and Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Switzerland and the Music Atlantico in the Azores. In 2013, Institut Français has programed an African tour in 11 Africa’s countries.

He has been invited to play with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, the Orchestre de Chambre of Toulouse and the Ensemble Baroque of Toulouse. Julien Martineau is a regular participant in the musical seasons of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Opéra de Paris, the Opéra de Lyon, and the Orchestras des Pays de la Loire, Radio France and the Suisse Romande in Geneva.

In Novembre 2014, he played Vivaldi’s concertos with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini.

In 2005, Julien Martineau joined the staff of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement régional (CRR) in Toulouse as a professor of mandolin. At the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, he has graduated master degree in musicology, and in 2013, Académie des Arts, Lettres et Sciences du Languedoc awarded him the Deodat de Séverac Prize.

Julien Martineau has recorded in 2013 the Raffaele Calace’s Preludes for mandolin solo. These Preludes are considered as the equivalent of Paganini’s Caprices violin.


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