Magali Demesse entered the conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence at the age of 11 to study the viola with Marie-Noël and Fredéric Sailly and to follow masterclasses with Serge Collot before joining the class of Sabine Toutain, where she won first prize in the prix de la Ville de Paris et du Conservatoire National de Région de Paris. Her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris where crowned with a first prize in the viola class of Pierre-Henri Xuereb and two first prizes for chamber music in the class of Christian Ivaldi.
Demesse joined the orchestra of the Marseille Opéra as principal violist in 1994. She has regularly performed solo concertos with the orchestra, such as the viola concertos of Henri Tomasi and William Walton. Simultaneously, she continued her education with Tasso Adamopoulos and through masterclasses from Hatto Bayerle, Bruno Giuranna, Walter Trampler and Tabea Zimmermann.
Demesse gets frequent invitations from l’Opéra de Paris, l’Orchestre national de Montpellier, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, l’Orchestre national de Lyon and l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, but also from chamber music festivals such as the Helsinki Festival and the Roque d’Anthéron Festival. She has made recordings with the ensemble Musicatreize (crowned with a Victoire de la musique 2007) and the ensemble Déséquilibres.
Photo by Peggy Porquet
Martinu - Double Concertos