Emmanuelle Bertrand

French cellist (1973, Firminy)

Emmanuelle Bertrand has soon showed great artistic maturity and is quickly unanimously recognised for her exceptional talent in the music world.

Emmanuelle Bertrand studied cello with Marcel Bardon, Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller. In 1992, she received her Postgraduate Degree in Music at the Lyon Conservatory, with unanimous highest distinction for her performance of Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher by Henri Dutilleux, a work that she discovered at the age of fifteen. Meeting Dutilleux in 1999 would be crucial for the young artist. In 1994, she won during the Rostropovich cello competition. Now that her career had started, Bertrand focused on contemporary music and created the Fourth Suite for cello solo op. 50 by Nicolas Bacri, who dedicated it to her (in 1997), and Luciano Berio’s Chanson pour Pierre Boulez (2000). Her recordings of works by Dutilleux, Bacri, Henze, Ligeti under record label Harmonia Mundi are highly acclaimed by French and foreign critics. In 2002, the Victoires de la Musique ceremony gave her huge success.

Bertrand works regularly with musicians such as Marielle Nordmann, Bruno Rigutto and especially Pascal Amoyel, with whom she performs as a very-well known duo. In 2005, they created Block 15, ou la musique en résistance, staged by Jean Piat. Emmanuelle Bertrand performs with many French symphonic ensembles (Lille, Strasbourg, Monte Carlo). She has been invited by the Berlioz Festival and the Casals Festival in Prades. Her reputation has led her throughout Europe, to Russia and even to Canada. In 2011, she was chosen as “artist of the year” by France's leading music magazine Diapason and the auditors of France Musique. The following year, she became artistic director at the Festival de Beauvais.

Six landmark dates in the life of Emmanuelle Bertrand

1992: she graduated at the Lyon Conservatory

1997: creation of Fourth Suite for cello by Nicolas Bacri

2002: Victoires de la Musique ceremony

2004: she was decorated as a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"

2011: Bertrand was chosen as “artist of the year” by Diapason and the auditors of France Musique

2012: director of Beauvais Festival

Biography from Radio France’s document database, May 2015