Maya Le Roux, Serbian and Swiss guitarist and composer has lived in Geneva since the age of 5.
A graduate of the Conservatoire supérieur de Genève, she continued her studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris under Albert Ponce and obtained a higher diploma in performance. Her studies in musical interpretation were perfected under Dagoberto Linhares, Professor at the Conservatoire de Lausanne.
Her education was rounded off by a science diploma as well as by courses in Philosophy and Musicology at the University of Geneva. As soon as her studies ended, she began work at Radio Suisse Romande. She went on to direct the station’s classical music program “Matin Pluriel” (Espace 2) which provided her with the ideal base from which to explore the contemporary music scene.
Guitarist / Soloist She has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with orchestras such as:
- The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Vivaldi’s concerto for mandolin).
- The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Marc Piollet (Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo with Dagoberto Linhares, Raymond Migy and Christophe Leu).
- The “Belgrade Symphonietta” Orchestra (long-time working relationship with its leader Aleksandar Vujic, first time performances of the concerto Ballade de la Vallée magique by Maya Le Roux and of Concertino by Aleksandar Vujic.
Also on the repertoire: Vivaldi concertos for mandolin, two mandolins and lute.
- The youth Orchestra of Galicia (Concierto Andaluz by Joaquin Rodrigo).
- The “Euro Méditerranée” Orchestra at Paris’ Opéra Comique conducted by Yannis Pouspourikas (Ballade de la Vallée magique).
Maya Le Roux has performed as a guitarist for several operas at the Grand Théatre de Genève, as well as for the “Barber of Seville” at the Bastille Opera in Paris.
Guitar solo for the Los Angeles produced film “Ocean Oasis” with music by Alan Reeves.
Photos : Christian Larpin
Maya Le Roux performs regularly in a guitar duo with Chistophe Leu (Chistophe Leu and Les Productions d'OZ) with whom she has recorded 4 CD’s (see discography) all well received by the press (press reviews)
The Duo has been performing together for some twenty years and has an original repertoire including:
- Arrangements of certain jazz (a musical universe to which he also belongs) classics by Christophe Leu which allow for the prerequisite improvisation time
- Original works composed by the duettists
- Transcriptions for guitar by Maya Le Roux
The complicity shared by the two guitarists as well as the variety of their repertoire has endowed them with a special character much appreciated by the public.
As a composer, Maya Le Roux expresses herself in tones ranging from romanticism to music reflecting the colorful folklore of the Balkans that were the setting of her early childhood.
Her concerto Ballade de la Vallée magique has been aired for over ten years in some twenty different countries and has had the privilege of being included in the music of George Lautner’s film «Le Front de l’absurde». Cocoa a musical comedy recorded by the Radio Belgrade Symphony Orchestra was Serbia’s entry at the Bologna Festival.
In collaboration with writer Thérèse Lauriol, Le Roux has written 9 songs for the children’s story Nick et l’Empereur de Chine published by Albin Michel Jeunesse and narrated by actor Jean Rochefort.
Maya Le Roux as composed the music for a documentary « Un été en Antartique » directed by Yvon Le Gars.
Her last concerto for guitar, Concerto Latino has also been written for Quintet. It was performed by the winners of the 2006 Chamonix International Contest.
To the inevitable question: « what about the future of classical music? », her answer is: « Today, the fusion, cross-fertilization, the blending of civilizations, is also reflected in musical expression. I predict a decompartmentalisation of classical music due to the different ethnic tendencies from which it draws inspiration... ».
Her compositions are played since 2 years by 72 U.S. states radios (See PDF).