Marie-Stéphanie Janecek Juma
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Marie-Stéphanie Janecek Juma cello


A young artist of unique personal charm and musical charisma, Marie-Stéphanie Janecek Juma was born in Lausanne of Swiss-German and Czech parentage. Her appearances as soloist include performances with the London Soloists Orchestra, the North Hungarian Orchestra Miskole, the Youth Orchestra of Fribourg, with whom she toured the Czech Republic, and in December 2006, she performed the Dvorak Concerto with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Recital engagements have brought her to London, Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, Rome and New York.

In December 2006 Ms Juma returned from the United States where she studied with the great master Janos Starker, and in May 2007 she was invited to play for Yo-Yo Ma at the Manchester Cello Festival, a significant point in her career that proved to be a great success. In June 2007 she played at the Rome Chamber Music Festival, where she spontaneously agreed to step on stage with the two jazz masters, Paquito D’Rivera and Alon Yavnai, for a "Jazz Debut" which she describes as a magical musical discovery. Future concerts in 2009 and 2010 will bring her to Japan and the United States. In addition, she appears at the Gstaad Sommets Musicaux Festival, the La Jolla Festival in California, the Verbier Festival, the Tibor Varga Festival, the Rencontres de l'Académie Menuhin, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Davos Festival, the Sully-sur-Loire Festival and Avignon Festival, and she had the honour to be chosen to perform with Mstislav Rostropovich on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

An active chamber music performer, Marie-Stéphanie Janecek Juma collaborates with artists such as Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Sarah Chang, Gary Hoffman, Robert McDuffie, Gérard Wyss, among others. She studied with Ivan Monighetti at the Musikhochschule of Basel, where she received her diploma, first prize with honors in June 2004. She has taken part in master classes with numerous artists including Janos Starker, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Maria Kliegel, György Kurtag, Thomas Quasthoff and Benjamin Zander at such events as the Kronberg and Verbier Academies, after both of which she was chosen to perform in the closing concerts.

Ms Juma's many awards include first prize at the Youth Music Competition of Switzerland, the International Competition of Switzerland, the International Competition of Stresa, the Leenards Foundation Grant and the Migros Foundation grant, supporting young musical talents. She is heard on CD as part of the "Musical Talents of Europe (volume VII)", compiled by Deutsche Welle. In addition to being an artist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, she is a laureate of the "Fondation de Groupe Populaire" (Natexis), as recipient of its prestigious grant.

Highlights of 2009 also include a first apperance at the Zankel Hall, part of Carnegie Hall in New York.

Ms Juma is playing a Matteo Goffriller from 1716.

Further information may be found at her personal website