Philippe Muller was born in Alsace and grew up with both French and German musical traditions. The resulting open-mindedness with regard to cultural differences is reflected today in his multifaceted career.
Philippe Muller began cello lessons at the age of seven with Dominique Prete. After moving to Paris, he studied with André Navarra at the Paris conservatoire (CNSM). He passed his cello exam with distinction in 1967 and continued honing his technique, in particular with cellists Paul Tortelier and Mtislav Rostropovich. In 1970, he founded a trio with Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Jacques Rouvier, before succeeding his former cello teacher, André Navarra, at the Paris conservatoire in 1979. He has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles in a broad and varied repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary works.
Philippe Muller has trained many pupils over the years, including Gauthier Capuçon, Raphaël Pidoux and Xavier Phillips. His discography is not dominated by any particular format or repertoire, and ranges from Bach, Telemann and Beethoven to Ravel and Martinu. Today he gives masterclasses around the world.
Five landmark dates in the life of Philippe Muller:
1963: Began studying under André Navarra at the Paris conservatoire (CNSM)
1970: Founded a trio with Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Jacques Rouvier.
1976: As Jean Hubeau's assistant, he taught chamber music at the Paris conservatoire
1979: Succeeded André Navarra as cello teacher at the Paris conservatoire.
2010: Released a disc, Jacques Offenbach : Duos pour violoncelles, with Alain Meunier.