French and Canadian pianist and pedagogue Marine Blassel has studied a variety of approaches to her instrument, in particular the French, North-American and Russian styles in which she was trained.
Marine Blassel has performed recitals and concerts with orchestras in several French festivals such as Les Nuits Pianistiques, Musique dans la rue, Les Flâneries d’Aix-en-Provence, les Nocturnes de la Cathédrale de Rouen and Va Jouer Dehors à Blois. On several occasions, she collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal.
A professor of arts education at the Conservatoire national à rayonnement régional de Marseille (CRR), Marine views music education as a series of mandates to meet the individual developmental needs of each student. While in Quebec, she taught at the Université de Montréal from 2013 to 2017 and at the Conservatoire du Collège Stanislas de Montréal from 2008 to 2015.
Born in 1985 in Saint Malo, Marine Blassel was raised in Normandy. She began studying piano at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Valéry Arzoumanov and Laura Fromentin. She graduated from the Conservatoire de Rouen in 2001 and the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison in 2004 in the classes of Frédéric Agussy and Denis Pascal. At age 20, she emigrated to Canada. Having obtained her bachelor’s degree (2009) and her master’s degree in performance (2011) from the Université de Montréal, Marine Blassel was admitted to the doctoral program under Dang Thaï Son. They worked together for four years until 2017 when the committee unanimously awarded Blassel a doctoral degree with mention excellente.
Ten years of study abroad expanded Marine’s outlook on piano playing and music performance pedagogy. Her flexible approach to the instrument has been shaped by the numerous masterclasses and international music academies she has attended. Each of these events has been an opportunity to not only hone her skills, but also to broaden her sources of learning. She has received valuable lessons from Yvonne Loriot, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Jean Saulnier, Marc Durand, Dominique Weber, Romano Pallottini, Julian Martin, Hamish Milne, André Laplante and Konstantin Lifschitz, to name only a few.
During her doctoral studies, Marine’s research examined the teaching methods of Marc Durand, a leading North-American pedagogue. By his side and through the teachings of Maneli Pirzadeh (2007-2011), she developed a technical approach to the piano based on conscious gestures. Driven by this idea of pianistic movements, she joined the piano performance research group GRIP (Groupe de Recherche en Interprétation du Piano) and the musician movement research lab LRGM (Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Geste Musicien) as a research assistant. Marine Blassel has shared her work in several international research symposiums, conferences and masterclasses. She is in high demand to mentor teachers in training both in Canada and in France.