Jovanka Marville was attracted to the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries while still a piano student, so it was quite natural for her to turn later to the harpsichord and other historic keyboard instruments. Her principal teachers were Christianne Jaccottet at the Geneva Conservatory (where she obtained her premier prix as a harpsichordist), and Johann Sonnleitner in Zürich. She has also been fortunate in taking master classes with Andreas Staier (fortepiano), Jesper Christensen (figured bass) and Rudolf Lutz (improvisation). Jovanka Marville, who was a prize-winner at the 1989 Bruges International Competition, now makes regular appearances as a solo and chamber musician, as well as playing continuo and concertos in a variety of ensembles including the Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Ensemble Contrechamps de Genève. She gives frequent fortepiano recitals featuring the music of Mozart and Haydn and early works by Beethoven, which she particularly likes. She also plays the clavichord, which she appreciates for its infinite expressive possibilities.
She has made recordings on sumptuous instruments such as the Ruckers harpsichord in Neuchâtel’s Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and the extraordinary Louis Denis harpsichord of 1658. She has released two albums on the Aeon label; these include excerpts from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book played on the harpsichord and the virginal. Her latest recording, of pieces by J.S. Bach played on the clavichord, came out on the Passacaille label in 2011.
Jovanka Marville is professor of harpsichord and chamber music at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.