Adrien La Marca


Instrumental soloist revelation in 2014 at the Victoires de la musique, French viola player Adrien La Marca started his music education at the Conservatoire d'Aix-en-Provence. In 2005, he was admitted to the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris under Jean Sulem and won the 1st prize at the National Contest for young viola players in Lille. In 2008 he was invited to the International Music Academy in Switzerland, where he has been playing with musicians such as Robert Mann, Pamela Franck, Nobuko Imaï, Sadao Harada and Seiji Ozawa, its founder. In 2010, he obtained his master certificate, started the 3rd high education cycle at the Conservatoire de Paris and studied with Tatjana Masurenko at the Hochschule of Leipzig. He kept perfectioning his technique with Tabea Zimmermann at prestigious school Hans Eisler in Berlin. To complement his music education, Adrien has also met Lawrence Power, Nobuko Imaï, Kim Kashkashian, Hatto Beyerle, Antoine Tamestit and Yuri Bashmet.

He participated to several festivals such as the Merrick Festival in Miami, the Folle Journée in Nantes, the Musica Festival in Strasbourg, the Grange de Meslay, Cordes-sur-Ciel, La Roche-Posay, Deauville, Saint-Cosme, Aix-en-Provence, Bad Kissingen, Ravinia, Verbier and Kuhmo (Finland) where he played with Renaud Capuçon, Eric Lesage, Michel Portal and the Ebène quartet.

In 2010, Adrien was selected by Gidon Kremer to participate to the “Chamber music connects the world” programme and played with Andras Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Helmerson and Gidon Kremer. He was then laureate of Génération Spedidam programme, the 16th Johannes Brahms International Contest in Austria and the 10th Lionel Tertis International Contest, in which he obtained three special prizes. In 2010, he also won the Concours des Avants-Scènes in Paris, leading him to perform at the auditorium of the Musée d'Orsay, the Grand Salon des Invalides, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Cité de la musique, where he performed the concerto by William Walton. On the following year, at the 13th International Contest William Primrose, he was awarded with the special prize for the most remarkable personality and the prize for its performance of the concerto by Walton.

He made a noteworthy debut with the orchestra of the Leipzig radio (MDR Simphonie Orchester) during a concert retransmitted by the German radio. In January 2013, he was invited by Renaud Capuçon to Schloss Elmau for a Brahms recital with Nicholas Angelich; in February, he performed together with David Kadouch, Edgar Moreau and Renaud Capuçon during the 20th Victoires de la musique classique and participated to the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence, playing with Franck Braley and James Ehnes.

In 2013, Adrien founded the Festival de Pommiers with his brother, a cellist.

Since 2012, Adrien has been playing a viola of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, landed by Fondation Zilber/Rampal. He is in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac.

An album dedicated to Félix Mendelssohn and recorded in 2014 in Deauville was released by B Records.