Marianne Breneman, a native of the Detroit area, discovered the joy of making music at the age of 4, when she began piano lessons with her mother. Clarinet studies followed at the age of 9, primarily because there were 4 clarinets in the house already. To this day, Marianne dreams of studying the cello but would admit that clarinet worked out just fine!
Marianne is an active recitalist and chamber musician. She is a founding member of Conundrum, a chamber ensemble of soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano. Conundrum has performed throughout the country to rave reviews; their creative programming, musicianship, and engagement with audiences is a large draw everywhere they appear. Conundrum has been a headlining ensemble at the Fresno New Music Festival (CA) three times and also at the New Norse Now Music Festival where they premiered music written for them by American composers. In 2013, they were featured performers at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Albany Records released from the Diamond Grid, Conundrum’s latest CD, in December 2014. Absolute Sound magazine described the offerings as “rewarding and varied” while citing Marianne’s playing as “beyond reproach.”
As an orchestral musician, she has performed across the Midwest and Southeast with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony (IN), Kentucky Symphony, Dearborn Symphony (MI), Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, the North Carolina Opera Orchestra, and the World Piano Competition Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the CCM Repertory Orchestra performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and with the University of West Georgia Symphonic Band on their 2013 Spring Tour.
Summer festivals include the Aspen Music Festival and School, The Banff Centre for the Arts, The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Le Domaine Forget, the Scotia Festival of Music, the ARIA Academy, and the Grandin Chamber Music Festival.
A dedicated music educator, Marianne has been on the faculty at the University of West Georgia, Northern Kentucky University, The College of Mount St. Joseph, Wake Tech Community College, and Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts - the country's only K-12 arts magnet school.
Marianne holds music degrees from Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has also completed the Core Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst. Marianne lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Brian and their exuberant golden retriever, Oliver. Her non-musical activities include yoga and barre classes, walking, reading, and spreading the word about health and good nutrition! She is the Artistic Director of Triangle Chamber Music Collective.