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Marie-Bernadette Charrier

Artistic direction and saxophonist

Curious and impassioned by all the musical currents of today, Marie-Bernadette Charrier carries out an international career (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Slovenia, Estonia, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Australia, Tasmania, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, USA, Japan, China, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Croatia, Brazil…) as a soloist and in chamber music with the ensemble Proxima Centauri of which she is the artistic Director.
She is regularly invited to perform in many international Events or Festivals (Ars Musica, Sonorities festival, Suona Francese, 38ème Rugissants, Radio France, Sintese, festival Latinoamericano de Caracas, festival Musicacoustica Beijing, les Jeudis of Villa Medicis …).
She has taken part in various and radio shows and recordings in Germany, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Australia and is regularly invited to give conferences and master-classes in the world.
She has played with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pays de Loire, the Ensemble New Music, the International Orchestral Ensemble of Italy, the National Orchestra Bordeaux Aquitaine, the ensemble ARCEMA, the ensemble SMASH, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bangkok, the New Modern Ensemble of Montreal, the ECM+.
In constant relation with the composers, she promotes the development of a new original repertoire – which regularly integrates new technologies into the musician’s tradition – practicing an active ordering policy with composers as Cendo, Alla, Arroyo, Cattaneo, Movio, Havel, Parra, Jodlowski, Moultaka, Malec, Markeas, Matalon…

She currently teaches the saxophone and chamber music at the PESMD (Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur de Musique et de Danse) Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Conservatoire of Bordeaux, where she created in 1993 a class of interpretation of contemporary music for all instruments and she has been training generations of interpreters to the open practice of music of today.

Marie-Bernadette Charrier is Selmer artist, Honorary Member of the French Association of saxophonists and member of the International Saxophone Committee.
She has created over a two hundred original works for saxophone written for her and has recorded ten CDs.

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