Jean-Guihen Queyras

Cello

"The desire to be loved can become a real enemy. It can very much stand in our way when it comes to reaching a truly free interpretation, where you say, 'Bach is like this for me. I love you guys, but I will not compromise, because something more important is at stake.'"
Jean-Guihen Queyras, VAN, December 2017
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Biography

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 recording of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Piano trio no. 1 was released at the beginning of 2016. “THRACE - Sunday Morning Sessions“ was released in August 2016. In collaboration with the Chemirani brothers and Sokratis Sinopoulos, it explores the intersections of contemporary music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditions.

Highlights in the 2018/19 season include a North American Tour, performances of “Mitten wir im Leben sind” with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and engagements with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Atlas Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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.

2018 / 2019
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Contacts: Eleonore Wrobel, Carolin Traute-Breidenbach

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Programme

2019 / 2020
Solo I

Cassadó: Suite for Solo Cello
or Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
or Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
Britten: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87
***
Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8

Solo II

Britten: Suite for Solo Cello in G major No. 1, Op. 72
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
***
Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8

Vivaldi Cycle
with Michael Behringer (Harpsichord)

Vivaldi:
Cello Sonata No. 1 in B-flat major, RV 47
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, RV 41
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV 43
***
Cello Sonata No. 4 in B-flat major, RV 45
Cello Sonata No. 5 in E minor, RV 40
Cello Sonata No. 6 in B-flat major, RV 46

Duo
with Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)

Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
***
Berg: Four Pieces, Op. 5
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
or Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Duo
with Alexander Melnikov (Piano)

I
Complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas

II
Schumann: 5 Pieces in Folk Style
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
***
Webern: 3 Kleine Stücke, Op. 11
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 19

Trio
with Daniel Sepec (Violin) and Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
March 5th - 12th 2020

Beethoven: Serenade for String Trio in D major, Op. 8
Veress: String Trio
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major, K 563

Beyond Thrace
with Bijan & Keyvan Chemirani (Daf, Zarb) and Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyra)

This is where classical music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditions come together. After the huge success of the harmonia mundi album “Thrace — Sunday Morning Sessions”, the four musicians have now compiled a new selection of contemporary works, traditional melodies and their own pieces. 

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Schedule

19.01.2019
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
20.01.2019
15:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
24.01.2019
20:00 Uhr
Strasbourg, FR / Palais de la Musique et des Congrès
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Marko Letonja
25.01.2019
20:00 Uhr
Strasbourg, FR / Palais de la Musique et des Congrès
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Marko Letonja
27.01.2019
11:00 Uhr
Strasbourg, FR / Cité de la musique et de la danse
Jean-Guihen Queyras
29.01.2019
19:30 Uhr
Bonn, DE / Beethoven-Haus
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec
12.02.2019
20:30 Uhr
Villefranche-sur-Saône, FR / Théâtre de Villefranche
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Nicolas Chalvin
14.02.2019
20:00 Uhr
Chambéry, FR / Théâtre Charles Dullin
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Nicolas Chalvin
15.02.2019
20:30 Uhr
Annecy, FR / Bonlieu Scène Nationale
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Nicolas Chalvin
19.02.2019
20:15 Uhr
Turnhout, BE / Cultureel Centrum de Warande
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
21.02.2019
12:30 Uhr
Kortrijk SOLO, BE / Concertstudio at Muziekcentrum Track
Jean-Guihen Queyras
21.02.2019
20:15 Uhr
Kortrijk, BE / Schouwburg
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
23.02.2019
18:00 Uhr
Wien, AT / Konzerthaus Wien
Jean-Guihen Queyras
10.03.2019
16:00 Uhr
Köln, DE / Kölner Philharmonie
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Sinfonietta Riga, Normunds Šnē
12.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Dortmund, DE / Konzerthaus
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec
13.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Barcelona, ES / L'Auditori
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec
14.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Madrid, ES / Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec
17.03.2019
16:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Pierre Boulez Saal
Jean-Guihen Queyras
19.03.2019
20:30 Uhr
Lugano, CH / LAC, Lugano Arte e Cultura
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
21.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Salzburg, AT / Mozarteum
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
22.03.2019
20:15 Uhr
Innsbruck, AT / Haus der Musik
Jean-Guihen Queyras
24.03.2019
18:00 Uhr
Coesfeld, DE / konzert theater coesfeld
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
25.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Leverkusen, DE / Bayer Erholungshaus
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
26.03.2019
20:15 Uhr
Eindhoven, NL / Muziekgebouw
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
29.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Luxemburg, LU / Philharmonie de Luxembourg
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Bernard Labadie
07.04.2019
18:00 Uhr
Monte-Carlo, MC / Auditorium Rainier III
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Daishin Kashimoto, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Kazuki Yamada
12.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Kansas City, US / Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern
13.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Kansas City, US / Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern
14.04.2019
14:00 Uhr
Kansas City, US / Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern
18.04.2019
19:30 Uhr
Québec, CA / Grand Theatre de Quebec
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Nicolas Ellis
21.04.2019
17:00 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Michael Behringer
24.04.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Sadler's Wells
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
25.04.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Sadler's Wells
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Rosas
01.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Schwetzingen, DE / Schwetzinger Schloß
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec

Discography

C.P.E. Bach
C.P.E. Bach
Concerto for violoncello, strings and basso continuo in A minor, H. 432 (Wq 170)
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai

Symphony in G major, H. 648 (Wq 173)
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegretto

Concerto for violoncello, strings and basso continuo in A major, H. 439 (Wq 172)
I. Allegro
II. Largo maestoso
III. Allegro assai

Ensemble Resonanz
Riccardo Minasi - Conductor

Brahms: Cello Sonatas, Hungarian Dances
Johannes Brahms
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi Menuetto
III. Allegro

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro Passionato
IV. Allegro molto

21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1, Book 1
No. 4 in G minor (Transc. for Cello and Piano)
No. 1 in G minor (Transc. for Cello and Piano)
No. 5 in F-sharp minor (Transc. for Cello and Piano)
No. 7 in A major (Transc. for Cello and Piano)
No. 14 in D minor (Transc. for Cello and Piano)
No. 11 in D minor (Transc. for Cello and Piano)

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

Thrace - Sunday Morning Sessions

Khamse
Nihavent Semai
Sacher Variation
Zarbi é Shustari
Visite nocturne
I would I were a bird
Sunday morning
Dast é Kyan
Étude Digitale
Hasapiko
Karsilama
Dance in 7/8

Sokratis Sinopoulos - Sitar
Bijan Chemirani - Zarb
Keyvan Chemirani - Daf

Schumann: Cello Concerto and Piano Trio No. 1
Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Freiburger Barockorchester
Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Beethoven: Complete Works for Violoncello & Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Variations on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" (Die Zauberflöte), Op. 66
Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1
Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Variations on Handel's "See, the Conqu'ring Hero comes" (Judas Maccabeus), WoO 45
Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Variations on Mozart's "Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen" (Die Zauberflöte), WoO 46
Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Beethoven: Piano Trios, Op. 70 No. 2, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 70 No. 2
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in B-flat major "Archduke", Op. 97

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Alexander Melnikov - Fortepiano

Berg - Schoenberg
Alban Berg
Lyrische Suite

Arnold Schoenberg
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Ensemble Resonanz

Elgar - Dvořák - Tchaikovsky
Sir Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
I. Adagio - Moderato
II. Lento - Allegro molto
III. Adagio

Antonín Dvořák
Rondo, Op. 94
Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68/5

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 for Cello and Orchestra
Moderato assai quasi Andante - Thema: Moderato semplice
Var. I: Tempo della Thema
Var. II: Tempo della Thema
Var. III: Andante sostenuto
Var. IV: Andante grazioso
Var. V: Allegro moderato
Var. VI: Andante
Var. VII e Coda: Allegro vivo

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek - Conductor

Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia in C major from "Dorilla in tempe", RV 709
Concerto in G minor, RV 416
Cello Concerto in F major, RV 412
Concerto in C major, RV 114
Cello Concerto in E minor, RV 409
Concerto in D minor, RV 565
Cello Concerto in B minor, RV 424
Cello Concerto in A minor, RV 419

Antonio Caldara
Sinfonia No. 12 in A minor "La passione di Gesù Signor nostro" (1730)
Sinfonia No. 6 in G minor "San Elena al Calvario" (1731)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Georg Kallweit - Conductor

Kodály - Veress - Kurtág
György Kurtág
Jelek II, Op. 5b, 1
Jelek II, Op. 5b, 2
Arnyak

Zoltán Kodály
Sonata for Solo Violoncello, Op. 8
Sonatina for Violoncello and Piano

György Kurtág
Az hit
Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
In memoriam Aczél György

Sándor Veress
Sonata for Solo Violoncello

Zoltán Kodály
Adagio for Violoncello and Piano

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

harmonia mundi, 2011

Debussy - Poulenc
Claude Debussy
Sonata No. 1 for Violoncello and Piano in D minor
Valse "La plus que lente"
Scherzo
Intermezzo


Francis Poulenc
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano
Bagatelle in D minor
Serenade
Suite française (d'après Claude Gervaise)

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

21st Century Cello Concertos
Bruno Mantovani
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Philippe Schoeller
The eyes of the wind: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Gilbert Amy
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Günther Herbig - Conductor
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Alexander Briger - Conductor
Orchestre de Paris
Gilbert Amy - Conductor

Beethoven - Hummel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, Op. 1 No. 3
Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, Op. 70 No. 1


Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello in G major No. 4, Op. 65

Andreas Staier - Fortepiano
Daniel Sepec - Violin

Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Suites for Solo Cello
Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

Schubert - Webern - Berg
Franz Schubert
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D 821
Das Wandern, D 795/1
Ungeduld, D 795/7
Die Vögel, D 691
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 137 No. 1 D 384 (arranged for Violoncello and Piano by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud)
Lullaby, Op. 98/2 D 498
Nacht und Träume, Op. 43/2 D 827

Anton Webern
3 Pieces for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 11

Alban Berg
4 Pieces for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 5

Alexandre Tharaud - Piano

Dvořák
Antonin Dvořák
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
Trio No. 4 for Piano, Violin and Violoncello in E minor "Dumky", Op. 90

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Alexander Melnikov - Piano
The Prague Philharmonia
Jirí Belohlávek - Conductor

Haydn - Monn
Franz Joseph Haydn
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D major, Hob. VIIb:2

Georg Matthias Monn
Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Harpsichord in G minor

Freiburger Barockorchester
Petra Müllejans - Conductor

Britten
Benjamin Britten
Suites for Violoncello Solo

Suite No. 1, Op. 72 (1964)
Canto primo. Sostenuto e largamente
I. Fuga. Andante moderato
II. Lamento. Lento rubato
Canto secondo. Sostenuto
III. Serenata. Allegretto : pizzicato
IV. Marcia. Alla marcia moderato
Canto terzo. Sostenuto
V. Bordone. Moderato quasi recitativo
VI. Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto. Presto

Suite No. 2, Op. 80 (1967)
I. Declamato. Largo
II. Fuga. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
IV. Andante lento
V. Ciaccona. Allegro
VI. Introduzione. Lento

Suite No. 3, Op. 87 (1971)
II. Marcia. Allegro
III. Canto. Con moto
IV. Barcarola. Lento
V. Dialogo. Allegretto
VI. Fuga. Andante espressivo
VII. Recitativo. Fantastico
VIII. Moto perpetuo. Presto
IX. Passacaglia. Lento solenne

Mournful song (Under the little apple tree). Molto semplice / Autumn. Vivace / Street song (The grey eagle). Pesante / Grant repose together with the Saints. Lento

Videos

"Schumann: Cello Concerto" (Album Presentation)
CPE Bach, Cello Concertos, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi (Album Presentation)
Jean-Guihen Queyras & Geneva Camerata - 31.10.2015
Mitten wir im Leben sind/Bach6Cellosuiten (2017) — teaser
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 No. 1

Contact

Eleonore Wrobel
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Carolin Traute-Breidenbach
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