Anne Gastinel

French Cellist (b.1971, Tassin-la-Demi-Lune)

Anne Gastinel is one of the most important Cellists of the French school; she emerged on the international scene as a fully formed, multi-talented performer.

Anne Gastinel was born into a family of musicians and began learning the cello at only four years old. She also studied the piano and oboe. At the age of eleven, just a few months after her first concert, she was admitted to the Lyon Conservatoire where she joined the class of Jean Deplace. In 1986, she won the Premier Prix. The following year, she became the first musician to enter directly into the third year at the Conservatoire de Paris. She was in the class of Philippe Muller. She also studied with Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Tortelier and János Starker, before winning first place at the Scheveningen Competition, in the Netherlands.

She became publicly known thanks to an appearance in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Vienna. Her international career then began to take flight. In 1994, she won the Victoire de la Musique "New Talent" Award, cementing her position in the music world.  In 1997, Marta Casals-Istomin lent Gastinel the mythical Matteo Goffriller cello that once belonged to Pablo Casals for a year. She now plays on a 1690 Carlo Giuseppe Testore instrument.

In 2003, Anne Gastinel became a cello teacher at CNSM in Lyon. In 2006, she received the Victoire de la musique "Soloist of the Year" Award.  She is the only instrumentalist to have received a reward in the New Talent, Best Recording and Soloist of the Year categories. In 2008, she was made a Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite. Anne Gastinel has worked with the greatest conductors and the most prestigious orchestras; she regularly performs on the biggest French and international stages. She actively performs and promotes contemporary repertoire, closely collaborating with composers such as Henri Dutilleux and Eric Tanguy.

Her recording career spans some fifteen years, and has been highly praised and rewarded. 

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Anne Gastinel

  • 1986 : Won Premier Prix at the CNSM, Lyon.
  • 1989 : Won Premier Prix at the International Scheveningen Competition
  • 1994 : Was Awarded the Victoire de la Musique New Talent Award
  • 1997 : Was loaned Pablo Casals' Cello
  • 2003 : Became a teacher at the CNSM, Lyon
  • 2006 : Was awarded the Victoire de la Musique Soloist of the Year Award

Six Key Recordings by Anne Gastinel

  • Concertos for Cello by Lalo and Saint-Saëns, Naïve, 1995
  • Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Brahms, Valois, 1999
  • Sonata for Arpegionne by Schubert, Naïve, 2006
  • 6 Suites for Cello by Bach, Naïve, 2007
  • In terra pace by Eric Tanguy, Naïve, 2013
  • Quintet for Two Cellos by Schubert, Naïve, 2013