On Saturday, October 26, classical music lovers got to see one of the few mandolin players in Europe who have established a prominent career; Julien Martineau.
Born in 1978, the French artist is given high value by well-known musicians for his musical qualities and the refined tone of his sounds. Julien Martineau has been able to play as a soloist in many recognized concert halls and music festivals in different parts of the world.
He recorded Raffaele Calace’s ‘Preludes for mandolin solo for Muse’ in 2013. These Preludes are considered the equivalent of Paganini’s Caprices violin.
The Institut Français has set up an African tour covering 10 countries using these pieces at the core of its programs. At the concert held at the Alliance éthio-française in Addis, Raffaele Calace’s Preludes was real music to audience’s ears.
According to his biography, he actively performs chamber music, especially with his friends from the Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse, offering a unique Viennese quartet for mandolin and string instruments.
In 2005, Julien Martineau joined the staff of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (CRR) in Toulouse, as a professor of mandolin. At the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, he graduated with a Master’s degree in musicology.
In 2013, Académie des Arts, Lettres et Sciences du Languedoc, awarded him the Deodat De Séverac Prize