Very active on both French and international scenes, Raphaël Pidoux is an ambassador for the French cello school. He is involved with young people to facilitate their access to instruments and promote classical music.
Raphaël Pidoux begins his cello’s apprenticeship with his father, Roland Pidoux. In 1987, he obtains the First place at the Paris Conservatory. After a postgraduate training in Philippe Müller's class, he perfects himself in Jean-Claude Pennetier’s and Christophe Coin’s baroque music classes. In 1989, he pursues his training to Janos Starker at Bloomington University.
In 1987, he founds the Wanderer Trio with Vincent Coq and Jean-Marc Philips-Varjabédian, whose emblem is voyage.
Raphaël Pidoux leads an international career, performs with various artists or formations such as the Limoges Baroque Ensemble, the Manfred Quartet and the Mosaic Quartet, the orchestra Les Siècles and teaches at the Paris Conservatoire à rayonnement régional.
Since 2007, he is co-director of the Prometheus 21 Ensemble. In 2010, he creates the Association Talents et Violoncelles, which enables young cellists to acquire an instrument worthy of their talent.
Professor at the Paris CRR for 7 years, Pidoux has been appointed to the Paris Conservatory (to succeed Philippe Muller), where he begins his cello lessons in September 2014.
Raphaël Pidoux plays a Goffredo Cappa cello (Saluzzo 1680).
Six landmark dates in the life of Raphael Pidoux:
1987: Obtains the First Prize of the Paris Conservatory
1988: Winner of the Leipzig International Bach Competition
1990: Winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the United States with the Wanderer trio.
1997: 1st of the three Classical Music Awards (2000 and 2008)
2009: Release of his first record dedicated to Bach, Offenbach and Popper
2010: Creates the Association Talents et Violoncelles.