Stéphanie-Marie Degand is one of the few instrumentalists working today to master the techniques and codes of a repertoire ranging from the 17th century to the current day.
Trained in Caen by Jean-Walter Audoli and Emmanuelle Haïm, she was unanimously accepted into the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, where she studied with Jacques Ghestem. She quickly demonstrated a desire to break down the barriers between repertoires, and has profited from the teachings of such masters as Jacques Rouvier, Alain Meunier, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, but also William Christie, Christophe Rousset, Patrick Bismuth and Christophe Coin. She received four first-place prizes at the Conservatoire and continued advanced violin training before embarking on an uncommon career.
An established soloist, impassioned chamber musician, and committed violinist, as well as a conductor and educator, her artistic path has garnered numerous honors, including the Grand Prix Adami 95, 2nd Grand Prix du Concours Ferras-Barbizet 97, Révélation Classique at Midem 98, Lauréate Natixis 99, Prix de la Sacem 2002, and the Révélation "Soliste Instrumentale" at the Victoires de la Musique.
In 2000, she and Emmanuelle Haïm cofounded the Concert d'Astrée, of which she has been solo violinist and musical assistant.
She has performed in many prestigious concert halls under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine, Francois-Xavier Roth, Jérémie Rhorer, and Laurence Equilbey; and in chamber ensembles alongside Marie-Josèphe Jude, Francois-Frédéric Guy, Christie Julien, Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Marc Coppey, and Miguel Da Silva.
From the violin, she went on to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Les Violons du Roy, and the Orchestre d'Auvergne. She will be chief assistant conductor for an upcoming 2016 production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Her recordings faithfully translate her insatiable musical curiosity, from Monteverdi to Tanguy, from the Romantic concerto to the violin-harpsichord duet.
In addition, she teaches at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse.