JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS, cello, & ALEXANDRE THARAUD, piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the finest cellists performing today. His recordings of the complete Suites for solo cello by Bach are widely regarded as the best since Pablo Casals's recordings in the 1930s. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others, and he and is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut to unanimous acclaim in 2008.
He plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
As a recitalist, French-born pianist Alexandre Tharaud has performed across the world: the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Versailles, Cologne Philharmonie, Prague Rudofinum, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, John F. Kennedy Centre Washington D.C., and the Vienna Musikverein and many others. His festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Gergiev Festival, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, to name but a few.
As a soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as the Bavarian, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, and the Estonian National, Toronto, Singapore, Taiwan, Sao Paulo, Umea and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of such conductors as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, David Zinman, Yannik Nézet-Séguin and Claus Peter-Flor.