Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès studied the violin in France with the violinist and pedagogue 

Solange Dessane who had a lasting influence on her technique and musical awareness. Later, 

Clapiès continued her violin and chamber music training with Pavel Vernikov and Christophe 

Poiget at the Lyon Conservatory, Ami Flammer and Claire Desert at the Paris Conservatory,  

John Glickman at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She pursuied her studies with Syoko 

Aki at the Yale School of Music where she got her Masters of Music and Artist Diploma. She is 

currently completing a Doctorate of Music and Art at the Manhattan School of Music where she 

studies the violin with Mark Steinberg. 


Performing as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Clapiès has collaborated with such 

musicians as Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, François Salque, Adam Laloum or 

Guillaume Vincent. She has performed in the festivals of La Roque d'Anthéron, Deauville, 

Mélanie Clapiès, violin

Colmar, Portogruaro, Chaillol, Cordes sur Ciel, the “Romantic Salon” Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, the “Music Freewheel” in Arras, the “Suona Francese” in Naples, as well as other festivals in Turin, Genoa, Russia and Algeria. She also performed at the Banff Centre for Creativity in Canada, and in New York venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space and Weill Hall. 


Clapiès performs regularly in duo with cellist Yan Levionnois, with whom she founded in 2012 the festival "En attendant...” in Burgundy. Together, they recorded a CD with the label Fondamenta, Les Pierrots Lunaires, featuring duos of the 20th  century and released in 2014. She is also a member of the Rébow Ensemble. 


Clapiès was Recipient of the Zonta Club Award, the Broadus Erle Prize, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, and the Philip Francis Nelson Prize. She was the winner of the 2015 Woolsey Concerto Competition. She plays a violin by Joseph Gagliano 1781.