Biography

Photo : Aaron Clayton

Photo : Aaron Clayton

French harpist Marion Ravot is quickly establishing a reputation as a compelling artist. Equally at home as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral performer, she has impressed critics with her “ravishing” playing (Voce di Meche). Since 2016, she is the harpist of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic under the guidance of Marie Pierre Langlamet.

Marion has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. She presents the harp as an exciting and versatile component of today's concert world by offering recital programs with repertoire ranging from early keyboard music transcriptions to cutting edge compositions by modern composers which musically challenge the voice of her ancient instrument. Major solo appearances include Mozart Flute and Harp concerto with Mathieu Dufour and Ton Kopman, Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane with the Scharoun Ensemble, and Gliere’s Harp Concerto with the Colorado National Repertory Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she collaborated with Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, William Sharp and Lucy Shelton among others. With her colleague and friend Emily Hoile, she forms the harp Duo Aello, which performed in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom and was invited by the French radio show “Generation Jeunes Interprètes”.

As an orchestral harpist, Marion has performed with various renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opera National Orchestra and Ensemble Intercontemporain.

A champion of new music, she has collaborated with numerous composers and premiered many new works. With the Duo Aello, she performed Stockhausen’s colossal work Freude in the Berlin Philharmonie’s Chamber Music Hall. She was the soloist in the premiere of Karim Haddad’s Wo Honig rinnt aus hohler Eich' und leicht Gewässer rauscht von Bergeshöhn for electro acoustic harp and orchestra as part of the Odysée de la Harpe Festival (France). She has also been a member of the new music collective Le Train Bleu, led by conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson.

A native of Paris, France, Marion began harp lessons at the age of 11 with Isabelle Marie and then continued with Ghislaine Petit-Volta. In 2013 she graduated with her undergraduate degree in performance from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) where she studied with Isabelle Moretti and Geneviève Létang. Marion received her Master's degree at the Juilliard School in 2015 where she studied with Nancy Allen as a George Lurcy Fellow as well as a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. Later that year she was one of only two musicians to be admitted into the prestigious Juilliard Artist Diploma for Music Performance program where she continued to study with Ms. Allen with the gracious support of the Safran Fondation.