Marielle CAFAFA is a French Caribbean conductor. She studied as well the piano, the transverse flute, the lyrical singing, the choir conducting before chosing orchestral conducting. Along with her musical studies, she trained in scholarship classes at the Conservatory (music history, musical analysis, organology, musical writing, orchestration, ethnomusicology, musical acoustics) and at the Sorbonne University where she obtained a PhD in musicology and an "agrégation de musique".
She is strong of a rich training acquired first at the Armand Siobud music school in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) then in various Parisian conservatories (International Conservatory of Paris, municipal conservatories of the Paris, Conservatories of Saint-Denis and Bagnolet in the Parisian suburbs). She is graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris, from the Paris Conservatoire (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) and from the Haute École de Musique de Genève.
At the head of "Léonor"ensemble (the instrumental and vocal ensemble that she founded), she recorded a first disc ("French Polyphonies") which she presented in two series of radio programs entitled "Voyage en Polyphonies Françaises" (RCF-Calvados radio).
Marielle Cafafa is a pluralist artist. She finds in the practice of dance (especially African one) a powerful means of expression. In addition to her various artistic activities (music, dance, styling) and her educational ones (singing and conducting teaching), she maintains an intense intellectual activity by publishing articles and books devoted to the instrumental and orchestral treatment of the voice (Le chant à bouche fermée : typologie des techniques, 2012, La chanson polyphonique française au temps de Debussy, Ravel et Poulenc, L'Harmattan, 2017, De la voix à l’orchestre, to come).
In December 2019, this unique career was rewarded with the “Overseas Talent” prize (“conductor” category) awarded to her by the Minister of French Overseas. She will conduct the "DEMOS Val de Sambre" Orchestra (Philharmonie de Paris) from january 2021.