Marina Chiche

Concert Violonist, Musicologist, Radio Producer, Writer

April 3 - April 30, 2023 & Sept. 4 - Oct. 1, 2023

Portrait Marina Chiche avec son violon

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"An in-depth discovery of the way gender and diversity are addressed in the classical music field in the US will allow me to produce a critical comparison between France and the United States."

I am a French concert violinist. Fascinated by language and literature, I am a globetrotter at heart (I have lived in Paris, Vienna, Taipei, and Berlin, and I have been invited to perform on major stages across the world) and I love to look at issues from an intercultural perspective. I have always felt the need to broaden my horizons, to think beyond the violin, which is why I have also studied Germanic literature, the history of music, and aesthetics.

I pursued my concert career for several years in Germany and was a violin teacher at a music university. I am now based in Paris. Besides my concert schedule, I enjoy giving lectures at the Philharmonie or at the Institute of Political Studies. As a regular musical columnist for France Inter – the #1 national radio station in France –, I like sharing my knowledge of classical music with million of listeners. I like to speak to the audience at my concerts and I see my programs as curated musical experiments.

I thrive on interdisciplinarity and I love to think critically about multidisciplinary subjects such as music and politics, music and neurosciences, or music and feminism, which can help us to think about the world through the prism of classical music.

My favorite books are Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run with the Wolves. 


Since her Best Newcomer nominations at the French Classical Music Awards, violinist Marina Chiche has gone on to enjoy an international career. She has released several award-winning records and performs as a soloist in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, in Paris, Berlin, or Beijing, and at major festivals, including Radio-France Montpellier, Verbier, and La Folle Journée au Japon. She is a socially-conscious artist who uses her regular radio slot on France Inter to take classical music to the widest possible audience. She is also the author of Musiciennes de légende (“Legendary Female Musicians”), which was published in October 2021. A French-American Foundation Young Leader, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and one of France’s “Top 100 Women of Culture in 2022,” she is among the key figures in the music world who spread France’s cultural influence abroad.


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The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris is a national public institution dedicated to musical performance, distribution, and education. It comprises 4 concert halls, the Musée de la musique, the Orchestra de Paris, temporary exhibition spaces, educational facilities, a media library, and rehearsal rooms. Its mission is to bring music to newer and broader audiences by promoting equal access for all to different forms of music. Each season, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris holds some 500 concerts as well as 3 temporary exhibitions. It is also home to 4 resident ensembles, organises a vast range of educational activities, and coordinates the nationwide Démos youth orchestra programme.


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The Institut d'études politiques de Paris (IEP), commonly known as Sciences Po, is a French grande école in the fields of humanities and social sciences, including law, economics, history, political science and sociology. An international university, it has over 14,000 students. Sciences Po's primary mission is to train high-level professionals who are valued in the public and private sectors. Its scientific community of over 250 world-class researchers analyze social, economic and political phenomena.


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