Jérôme Pernoo

French cellist (Nantes, 1972 - )

Renowned cellist, but also the creator and artistic director of the festival "Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn", Jérôme Pernoo is a key figure in the classical music world.

Born in Nantes in 1972, Jérôme Pernoo learnt to play the cello with Germaine Fleury and, at the Paris Conservatory, with Xavier Gagnepain and Philippe Muller. In 1994, he obtained the 3rd prize of the Concours de violoncelle Rostropovitch, and he also won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Two years later, he won the Pretoria competition and subsequently started a series of concerts and recordings.

Jérôme Pernoo performs with many major orchestras (the Ensemble Matheus, the Vienna Symphony, the Spanish National Orchestra, etc.) as well as in recitals, often with pianist Jérôme Ducros. He knows how to surround himself with the best partners when it comes to chamber music: Renaud Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Modigliani Quartet...   

In 2005, Jérôme Pernoo created the festival Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn, located at La Roche-Posay, and co-founded the Festival de Pâques de Deauville, the city's Easter Festival. In the same year, he was also appointed professor of cello at the Paris Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Jérôme Pernoo is very interested in certain forms of contemporary musical creation, and he is also the dedicatee of works by composers such as Jérôme Ducros, Jérémie Rhorer, or even Guillaume Connesson, for whom he premiered his Concerto pour Violoncelle in 2008.

Five landmark dates in the life of Jérôme Pernoo

1972: he was born in Nantes

1994: he won the Tchaikovsky competition

1996: he won the Pretoria competition

2005: he created Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn

2005: he was appointed professor of cello at the Paris Conservatory of Music and Dance

Five key recordings of Jérôme Pernoo

Jérôme Ducros: En Aparté

Jérôme Ducros, Jérôme Pernoo, Gérard Caussé, Sergey Malov, Mi-Sa Yang

Decca, 2013

Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello and Piano (Kreutzer sonata, Sonata Op. 69, Variations on The Magic Flute)

Jérôme Pernoo, Jérôme Ducros

Ligia Digital, 2009

Romantic Offenbach

Jérôme Pernoo, with les Musiciens du Louvre (under the direction of Marc Minkowski)

Archiv-Deutsche Grammophon, 2006

Rachmaninoff, Bridge: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (Op. 19/Sonata for Cello & Piano, 4 Pieces for Cello & Piano)

Jérôme Pernoo, Jérôme Ducros

Ogam, 2002

Debussy: 3 Sonatas, Syrinx

Jérôme Pernoo

Indesens, 2012

Link to the Jardin de Jérôme Pernoo