Biography


Born in Brest in 1990, Maëla first obtained her Musical School Diploma at the Music Academy of Brest in 2007 and then perfected with Olivier Derbesse at the Jacques Ibert Conservatory (CMA19) in Paris. She graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2014 (class of Ronald van Spaendonck). In parallel, she studied the bass clarinet at the CRR of Paris in the class of Jean Marc Volta in specialized and then concertiste Cycles and also makes several Master classes with French clarinetists such as Nicolas Baldeyrou, Romain Guyot, Jérome Voisin, Jacques Di Donato and Bruno Martinez.

Maëla is a finalist or semi-finalist in many interpretation competitions (Cahuzac competition, Special Prize – interpretation competition in Chieri, Italy – Bellan competition – clarinet competition in Picardy, etc.) and received the Gentiane Robin Prize in 2005 (Brest).

Passionate about chamber music, she plays in various formations at many events or festivals : Origami Festival (Beursschouwburg, Brussels), Courant d’air Festival (Brussels), Préludes à l’orchestre de Paris (salle Pleyel), Festival Les Harmonies (Billiers)…

Very implicated in the contemporary repertoire, she participated to the creation of Heptagramme by M. Lysight, Umbrales by Alex Nante, D’un Vanneur de Blé aux Vents by Suzanne Giraud… and is invited to play in different formations such as the ensemble Alternance , the ensemble Écoute, directed by Fernando Palomeque and Alex Nante, the collective Parallèle 21, directed by Benoit Menut… She has the opportunity to play and frequently collaborate with concertists such as Sulliman Alltmayer, Patrick Langot, Aline Piboule, Carmen and Ana Mainer, Fernando Palomeque…

She approaches the symphonic repertoire in various formations: the Ensemble entre Sable et ciel, conducted by Joël Doussard, the Ostinato Orchestra, conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud, the Ensemble International Musike, the Orchestre National de Lyon… which leads her to play under the direction of internationally famous conductors (Leonard Slatkin, Kaspar Zehnder, Jean Bernard Pommier, Vahan Mardirossian, etc.) and with soloists such as Ophélie Gaillard, Gilles Apap, Henri Demarquette…

Curious about all musical worlds, she studied improvisation and jazz with great personalities of Parisian Jazz (Thomas Savy, Carine Bonnefoy, Stéphane Guillaume, Patrick Cabon). 

She participates to Ciné Concerts Jazz/Groove Buster Keaton with the Snap Orchestra…

Maëla teaches clarinet at the Conservatory of Argenteuil, at the Saint Leu La Forêt School of Music and for the Paris City Hall, as well as in the structure of the Demos project at the Paris Philharmonie.

She began to conduct in the class of Joël Doussard and Marc Schuster. She was then a teacher for woodwinds instruments in the Sirene Band, conducted by Fabrice Colas. She is the director of the ensemble Turbulair at the Saint Leu La Forêt Music School and often organizes trainings for nonprofessional clarinet bands or wind orchestra. 

She studied writing, harmony and arrangement (classical and jazz) with Ruth Matarasso, Michèle Droulez, Lionel Bams and Carine Bonnefoy.