Cello Biomechanics w/ 4 individual coachings

Optimize your technique - Prevent & Heal Injuries with Marianne Dumas

4 chapters with 4 individual coachings.
Learn at your on pace, book each coaching whenever you are ready.

This is not a typical online course where you are on your own.

You start the course with a first individual coaching. During this session, we will evaluate your needs and make a study plan together.
Each chapter covers a biomechanics topic, you only need to go through each lesson, get familiar with the biomechanics principles and then comes another coaching with Marianne where we apply what you learn on cello technique and so on...
By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of the movements of cello playing and what can cause injuries. You will also gain freedom in your playing by a better use of forces and levers.

Live sessions can be in English, French, or Spanish.

For whom?

Amateur and professional cellists

  • Cellists dealing with pain.
  • Teachers who care about their students' health.
  • Cellists looking for more freedom & sound.
  • Cellists caring about injury prevention.
  • Motivated cellists who want to get a deep understanding of cello technique, and boost their playing.

Launch Price 250€ !!!


4 chapters & 4 individual coachings

Individual Sessions

Analysis of your movement patterns. Personalized corrective exercises to improve your movement and technique, and guidance through the chapters of the course.


Balance in sports biomechanics refers to the ability of an athlete to maintain their center of gravity within their base of support, allowing for optimal force production, stability, and control during movement. Keep your balance but keep moving...

Anatomy of the arm and the shoulder

By allowing you to understand the structure and function of your shoulder and arm, you can optimize your technique and practice time, prevent injuries, and make informed decisions about your health and performance.

Levers & Motion

Understanding levers and the laws of motion can help you optimize your technique by applying principles of force, momentum, and energy transfer, resulting in a stronger technique, more freedom of interpretation and reduced injury risk.

Course Curriculum

Marianne Dumas

During the past 10 years I have been doing research to become the best teacher I could for myself and for my students. I started with the origins of the cello and the mechanics of the sound, its evolution, to understand what does a cello needs to sound at its best. After that, I delved into the words of sports biomechanics to understand how to optimize a technique, the movement.  I also studied anatomy and physiology in Berlin at the Arche Medica School in order to understand the human body: our muscles, joints, nervous system, movement, breathing.

I love teaching.This platform will give you the tools to developp your best technique with your body and your cello. It is about understanding how you can optimize your movement, sound, and cello. Biomechanics should be included in all the conservatories, we would gain time and save many musicians from injuries.
Technique is fun and it is the key to freedom of interpretation.

Here is my official bio...

Marianne's aim as an artist is to combine knowledge and development of tradition. Eclectic cellist, her playing style is forged from rich musical experiences in France, USA, Latino America, Spain, and Germany.
As a chamber musician, she had the pleasure of performing at the Severance Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Steinway hall of New York, the Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh. Her two favorites ensembles are duo with piano, and string quartet.

Through constant exploration, going from one discovery to the next, her inexhaustible research took Marianne to Berlin in 2014 where she started a Bach Journey to delve deeply into the Cello Suites and the baroque cello. Beginning of 2016, she recorded the Bach Cello Suites in Berlin (with a full baroque set up) , wrote a publication about the baroque cello and made a new edition of the Suites based on reversing the bowing technique of the violoncello. She had the pleasure of playing for Ton Koopman and received his "blessing" and positive feedback on her recording of the Bach cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma also gave her his support after a meeting they had in Boston in 2016 where Marianne shared her research with him. The recording has been released in Spring 2018 by Urania Records.

Teaching is as important as performance to Marianne, she is deeply attached to the transmission of knowledge. In 2014 she created "The cello practice helper", a web page where she shares her teaching tips and research with cellists around the world. She gave masterclasses in USA and created her own cello school online and in Berlin. In addition to her teaching activities Marianne also develops the biomechanics of cello playing and is a student of the Arche Medica school in Berlin for Heilpraktiker training since 2020.

Her studies: after finishing her studies in France (Bordeaux and Lyon), she moved to the USA where she graduated with a Masters Degree and a Performer Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University. Marianne was a student of Roland Pidoux, Yvan Chiffoleau, David Premo, Anne Williams, and also had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovitch, YoYo-Ma, Lynn Harrel, Georges Crumb, among other great musicians.