Edgar Moreau

Cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was awarded six Special Prizes at the age of 17 after capturing Second Prize and the prize for “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in 2011, under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. He was named the “Most Promising Contestant” at the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, a “Classical Revelation” of the Adami in 2013, as well as “New Talent of the Year” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at the French Victoires de la Musique in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Other awards received include the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize in 2011 and the French-Speaking Public Radios Young Musician Prize in 2013.

Moreau made his orchestral début at the age of 11 with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin, and has since performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Orchestre de Paris under Lahav Shani, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Jean-Claude Casadesus, Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Musica Viva Orchestra under Alexander Rudin, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under Krzysztof Penderecki, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and Philharmonia Orchestra under Tugan Sokhiev, Gürzenich Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, as well as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Brussels Philharmonic, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, among others.

Moreau is a committed chamber musician and has worked with the Talich, Pražák, Modigliani and Ébène quartets, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Khatia Buniatishvili. His festival appearances include performances at the Verbier Festival, Lugano Festival (as part of the Martha Argerich Project), Lucerne Festival, Musikverein in Vienna, Saint-Denis Festival, Radio France Montpellier Festival, Colmar Festival, La Folle Journée, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Annecy Classic Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Fazioli Concert Hall Series, Evian Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Mozartfest in Würzburg and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. He has also given recitals with his pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique – who captured the prize for Best Accompanist at the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition – at the Mariinsky Theatre, Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Auditorium du Louvre, and in Brussels, Antwerp and Ferrara.

Born in Paris in 1994, Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four and the piano at six. From 2008 to 2013, he studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and he currently studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. He has taken part in masterclasses with such eminent cellists as Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrell and David Geringas, and has participated in many academies including the Verbier Festival Academy and Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World Project with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and András Schiff. As a Warner Classics exclusive artist, his first album Play – Works for Cello and Piano was released in 2014. His follow-up album, Giovincello, presents 18th-century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. Other releases include a duo recital with David Kadouch around Franck, Poulenc and Strohl, and the Offenbach and Gulda cello concertos with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin.

Edgar Moreau plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711.

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