Without having ever tried the violin, Orane Murail-Zimmermann started playing the viola when she was eight. She obtained a diploma in the CRR of Paris while studying Musicology at Sorbonne University , where she got a bachelor degree in 2010. She was then admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon (CNSMDL), where she is currently achieving a PhD Degree. Having studied in Germany with Barbara Westphal and in the Netherlands with Michaïl Zemtsov, she was also introduced to baroque music by the violinist Simon Heyerick and has regularly played at the Festival de Saintes. While completing her PhD degree, she is studying pedagogy at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP).
She regularly performs concerts, as a soloist as well as in chamber music formations, but she is also interested in less conventional kinds of music such as traditional French popular songs or Turkish Music, and whenever she can, she enjoys a lot improvising on her instrument and thus played with jazz bands on several occasions. In 2016, she creates the Trio Artefacts with wich she plays and sings her own compositions and traditional music arrangements (for more informations, go to the trio’s https://oranemurail.wixsite.com/trioartefacts)
But O. Murail is above all thankful for having had the chance to study with experienced and talented musicians such as Lise Berthaud, a young and brilliant French soloist, Paul Coletti and Françoise Gnéri.
That indeed encouraged her to get involved in various pedagogical projects, and she took part in them because she is convinced of the importance for a musician to pass on his or her passion for music to the younger generations. She teaches in several music conservatories in the Paris area.
As a winner of the Mécénat Société Générale instrument loan competition in 2015, Orane Murail performs on a viola made by Jan B. Spidlen.