Representation: BENELUX

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Shostakovich cello concerto no. 1 "Solist Jean-Guihen Queyras zette het Allegretto in met een scherpe, wat nasale toon en een treffend soort panische lyriek, ondersteund door Yannicks kamermuzikale begeleiding. In de Cadenza betoverde Queyras met ronkend laag, helder pizzicato vol diepte, en ziedende virtuositeit. Het slotdeel was ruig en fel. Zo von- den de twee Canadezen elkaar in perfect afgestemde veelzijdigheid." - NRC Handelsblad, 26 April 2013

"Jean-Guihen Queyras’ fresh, alert and original performance of the earlier C Major concerto was, I thought, the highlight of the evening. The French cellist’s tone is light and fragrant. He plays with not only a sense of pert 18th century style but also a modernity as if this were music newly composed. Perhaps that is because Queyras also pays attention to new music."
Los Angeles Times, 13 March 2012

'"Emergencies' is a sonically adventurous, highly virtuosic work, and French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras was more than equal to the task. The soloist handled everything Jarrell tossed at him - extensive harmonics, two-handed pizzicato and other unusual techniques - with consummate command."
The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 2012

"Jean-Guihen Queyras was the appealingly direct soloist, beautifully capturing the deep veins of sadness that run through the last two movements. As an encore, Queyras played the Sarabande from Bach's Second Cello Suite, a moment of extraordinary intimacy, in which time seemed to stand still."
The Guardian, 21 July 2011

"Subliem als altijd was na de pauze het spel van Jean-Guihen Queyras, die als solist aantrad in het Celloconcert van Dvorák. Hoe is het toch mogelijk dat iemand zo moeiteloos cello kan spelen? Queyras weet dusdanig aan het materiele te ontstijgen, dat hij zich volledig op de muzikale zeggingskracht kan concentreren. De melodische draden die hij spint, lijken van zijde." - De Telegraaf, 13 August 2010  

Jean-Guihen Queyras


Curiosity, diversity and a firm focus on the music itself characterize the artistic work of Jean-Guihen Queyras. Whether on stage or on record, one experiences an artist dedicated completely and passionately to the music, whose humble and quite unpretentious treatment of the score reflects its clear, undistorted essence. The inner motivations of composer, performer and audience must all be in tune with one another in order to bring about an outstanding concert experience: Jean-Guihen Queyras learnt this interpretative approach from Pierre Boulez, with whom he established a long artistic partnership. This philosophy, alongside a flawless technique and a clear, engaging tone, also shapes Jean-Guihen Queyras’ approach to every performance and his absolute commitment to the music itself.

His approaches to early music – as in his collaborations with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Concerto Köln – and to contemporary music are equally thorough. He has given world premieres of works by, among others, Ivan Fedele, Gilbert Amy, Bruno Mantovani, Michael Jarrell, Johannes-Maria Staud and Thomas Larcher. Conducted by the composer, he recorded Peter Eötvös’ Cello Concerto to mark his 70th birthday in November 2014.

Jean-Guihen Queyras is a founding member of the Arcanto Quartet and forms a celebrated trio with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov; the latter is, alongside Alexandre Tharaud, a regular accompanist. He has also collaborated with zarb specialists Bijan and Keyvan Chemirani on a Mediterranean programme.

The versatility in his music-making has led to many concert halls, festivals and orchestras inviting Jean-Guihen to be Artist in Residence, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Vredenburg Utrecht, De Bijloke Ghent and Wigmore Hall London.

Jean-Guihen Queyras often appears with renowned orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, working with conductors such as Iván Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jiři Bělohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington.

Jean-Guihen Queyras’ discography is impressive. His recordings of cello concertos by Edward Elgar, Antonín Dvořák, Philippe Schoeller and Gilbert Amy have been released to critical acclaim. As part of a harmonia mundi project dedicated to Schumann, he has recorded the complete piano trios with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov and at the same time the Schumann cello concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado. The CD of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Piano trio no. 1 was released at the beginning of 2016. "THRACE - Sunday Morning Sessions", his latest CD, was released in August 2016. In collaboration with the Chemirani brothers and Sokratis Sinopoulos (lyra), it explores the intersections of contemporary music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditions.

Highlights in the 2016/17 season include a Japan tour with the Czech Philharmonic under Jiři Bělohlávek and engagements with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Gewandhausorchester under Herbert Blomstedt and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner. 

Jean-Guihen Queyras holds a professorship at the University of Music Freiburg and is Artistic Director of the “Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence” festival in Forcalquier. He plays a 1696 instrument by Gioffredo Cappa, made available to him by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

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