Jean-Guihen Queyras is a cellist who specialises in contemporary music; he performs as both a soloist and chamber musician and is internationally renowned for his compelling performances of a varied repertoire.
After early studiues at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon with Reine Flachot, Jean-Guihen Queyras continued his education in Germany thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Culture. He then completed his formation in the United States successively with Harvey Shapiroand then with Timothy Eddy. He has also participated in master classes given by Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Tortelier and Anner Bylsma.
Jean-Guihen Queyras is an accomplished soloist; he has performed at some of the most important music festivals, including the Radio France and Montpellier Festivals, the Musicades de Lyon and the Kuhmo Festival, in Finland. He has also been invited to be a guest soloist by orchestras around the world (including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo SO, SWR Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France), under the baton of some of the greatest conductors, such as Franz Brüggen, Oliver Knussen and Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
Jean-Guihen Queyras is also a passionate chamber musician, and has collaborated with fellow musicians Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud and Isabelle Faust. His experiences with Ensemble Intercontemporain and his openness to modern music have given him the opportunity to perform concertos by Gilbert Amy and Bruno Mantovani. In 1995, he received the prestigious Gramophone Contemporary Music Award for his recording of Györgÿ Ligeti's Cello Concerto.
Jean-Guihen Queyras is also a committed teacher. He works as a professor at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg, and considers exchanges with students to be a valuable part of his life as a musician.
Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Jean-Guihen Queyras
•1983 : Founded Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence Festival, in Forcalquier - he is still the Co-Director.
• 1990 : Became a soloist for Ensemble Intercontemporain
• 1997 : Performed Ivan Fedele's Cello concerto with the Orchestre National de France, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, at the Festival Présences.
• 2002 : Was a founding member of the Quatuor Arcanto along with Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec and Tabea Zimmermann.
• 2005 : Began playing a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa Cello, on loan from the Mécénat Musical Societe Generale (MMSG).
• 2008 : Was awarded the title of 'Instrumental Soloist of the Year' at the Victoires de la Musique classique