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Jean-Guihen Queyras


Jean-Guihen Queyras, a musician of exceptional versatility and integrity, has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including The Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, NHK and Tokyo symphonies; Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Budapest Festival orchestras; and Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande and Netherlands Philharmonique; and he is a regular soloist with such early music ensembles as Freiburg Baroque and Akadamie fur Alte Musik Berlin. He has worked under the baton of conductors such as Franz Bruggen, Gunther Herbig, Ivan Fisher, Philippe Herreweghe, Jiři Bělohlavek, Olivier Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington. Queyras, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, has given several world premieres including Ivan Fedele’s Cello Concerto with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Leonard Slatkin and Gilbert Amy’s Concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Queyras is frequently asked to host artistic residencies. These have included projects in the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and De Bijloke in Gent. He has been artist-in-residence with the Hamburg-based chamber orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, with whom he leads and plays several eclectic programs in the Laieszhalle Hamburg; Köln Philharmonie; Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris; the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. This residency has been extended to include the 2012-13 season. Furthermore, he has been soloist in residence of the Netherlands Philharmonic for the seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Queyras has made several successful recordings for Harmonia Mundi and, following the success of his much anticipated recording of Bach’s complete solo Suites in 2008 for which he received immediate acclaim (Diapason d’Or and CD of the month in Diapason, CHOC du Monde de la Musique), he has released two further recordings: a Debussy-Poulenc CD with pianist Alexandre Tharaud (awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2008) and Cello Concertos of the 21st Century, released in 2012. Previous CDs include Schubert’s Arpeggione alongside works by Berg and Webern, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Prague Philharmonia, and Haydn and Monn’s Cello Concertos, performed on a period instrument with the Freiburger Barockorchester and praised in both The Independent on Sunday and the Saturday Telegraph as the definitive Baroque version.

Queyras was the solo cello of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with whom he recorded the Ligeti Cello Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon, conducted by Pierre Boulez (Gramophone Contemporary Music Award). He recorded Dutilleux’s
Tout un Monde Lointain for Arte Nova/BMG and Boulez’s Messagesquisse for Deutsche Grammophon (Gramophone Contemporary Music Award). In November 2002, Queyras received the City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protege Prize in Music, awarded to him by Pierre Boulez and the Glenn Gould Foundation, and was recently made Instrumental Soloist of the Year at the French Classical Music Awards as well as Artist of the Year by the readers of Diapason magazine.

Jean-Guihen Queyras is professor at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany and one of the artistic directors of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence which take place in Forcalquier in July each year.

Jean-Guihen Queyras

photo Yoshinori Mido

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