Montreal-born French cellist, named Soloist of the Year (Victoires de la Musique) and Artist of the Year (Diapason readers) in 2009. Prize winning Bach CDs. First LMMC appearance.
Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras was born in Montreal, moved with his parents to Algeria when he was five, then three years later to France, where he still lives. Queyras enjoys an enviable reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility and integrity. He is a regular soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, as well as with early music ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Queyras’ extensive repertoire includes much contemporary music, and he has given the world premières of concertos by Ivan Fedele, Gilbert Amy, Michael Jarrell and Bruno Mantovani. His special interest in music for solo cello led him to devise and perform several series of concerts featuring the six Bach suites for solo cello alongside contemporary works. He commissioned six composers to write an “echo” to each of the Bach suites in a project called “Six Suites, Six Echoes.” In November 2002, Queyras received the City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. He now teaches at the conservatory in Freiburg, Germany. Since 2005 he has played an instrument made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale. First LMMC appearance.

with Frédéric Lagarde, piano


SCHUMANN             Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Opus 70

BERG                         Vier Stücke, Opus 5
                                    Four Pieces (trans. J.-G. Queyras)
                                         Sehr langsam
                                         Sehr rasch

BEETHOVEN           Sonata No. 3 in A major, Opus 69
                                         Allegro ma non tanto
                                         Scherzo: Allegro molto
                                         Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace

WEBERN                   Drei kleine Stücke, Opus 11
                                    Three Small Pieces
                                         Mäßige Achtel
                                         Sehr bewegt
                                         Äusserst ruhig

RACHMANINOFF   Sonata in G minor, Opus 19
                                         Lento - Allegro moderato
                                         Allegro scherzando
                                         Allegro mosso