Born in St Petersburg in 1992, Ionella Marinutsa is a Paris-based professional harpist, regularly performing in Europe and in her home country, Russia. She has collaborated as a soloist with several orchestras such as the symphony orchestra of the Sorbonne University, the philharmonic orchestras of Samara, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, and Togliatti among many others. As an orchestral musician, Marinutsa often plays with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Opéra national de Paris.
She is a major prizewinner in international harp competitions, including First Prize of the 89th International Leopold Bellan Competition (France), the Special Jury Prize of the Second International Harp Competition (Hungary), and the First Prize of the Symphony Competition (Russia).
In January 2017 she created a project of acoustic research of harp sounds in partnership with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM), and the ATIAM course. The Institute is linked with the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
The harpist regularly gives recitals, appearing at the Salle Cortot in Paris among others. As a guest soloist she performed at the Debussy Festival in 2017, at the International Music Festival of Alba (Italy), and in 2018, she gave the world premiere of Anthony Girard’s Double Concerto for violin and harp with the orchestra of the CRR de Paris. The performances were a great success among the audience and were praised by the local press. Moreover, since 2015 Marinutsa is a soloist for the French association Jeunes talents (‘Young talents’), as well as a soloist for the association Music House of St Petersburg since 2010.
She has graduated from the École Normale Paris A. Cortot and the Pôle Supérieur de Paris PSPBB and today continues her studies in the master’s programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur (CNSMDP) in Paris under the tutelage of Isabelle Moretti. Since 2018 Ionella Marinutsa is supported by SAFRAN Foundation in Paris.