On and behind the stage
Marie-Elise Boyer is a French pianist and repetiteur. After finishing her piano studies with Roland Meillier at the CNR in St-Etienne and with Jean-Marie Cottet at the CNR in Paris where she was awarded a First Prize, she completed the accompaniment course at the CNR in Lyon with Marie-Cécile Milan. She was awarded a First prize with Distinction in both Accompaniment and Composition there. She then completed a Master in Accompaniment and as a Repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she was awarded both Master of Music and Master of Performance with distinction. She developed her piano skills with Martin Roscoe and participated in the Creative Voices class led by Sarah Walker, where she worked closely with singers and composers. She then focused on Repetiteur studies and joined the National Opera Studio in London for a year.
She has been working as a repetiteur for 9 years in German theatres such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Theater Bremen, Theater Kiel and Landestheater Coburg. She also worked with Cape Town Opera’s Young Artist Program.
Her passion for Art Song led her to reach the Final of both Nadia et Lili Boulanger competition in Paris with Eva Ganizate in 2009 and Concours International de Mélodie Française in Toulouse with Sophie Boyer in 2013. She won the First Prize in the Elsa Respighi competition in Verona, Italy, in October 2018 with Canadian Soprano Leah Gordon. They both reached the Final in the Brahms competition in Pörtschach, Austria, in September 2019. She performs often in Art Song and Chamber Music recitals.
As a firm believer that performing new music is part of her artistic duties, Marie-Elise strives to create new music when the occasion presents itself. She recently recorded newly composed songs on poems by Lucien Guérinel with her sister Sophie Boyer, soprano.
Her passion for music making led her to the New England Conservatory in Boston where she started a Doctoral in Musical Arts program as a collaborative pianist in September 2020.