Jean-Guihen Queyras


We enjoy watching him while he listens, searching his inner being. His nimble fingers and elegiac bow soothe the ever-troubled soul. Grow up? Maybe in his next life.
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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 was 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, François-Xavier Roth, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 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 “THRACE - Sunday Morning Sessions“ explores, in collaboration with the Chemirani brothers and Sokratis Sinopoulos, the intersections of contemporary music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditions. In 2018, two highly acclaimed recordings with works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Antonio Vivaldi have been released.

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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2020 / 2021

with Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2, Op. 99
Chopin: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2 (arr. David Popper)
Popper: Sérénade, Op. 54 No. 2, Mazurka, Op. 11 No. 3
Haydn: Allegro di molto (arr. Gregor Piatigorsky)
Kreisler: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud
Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 1, 4 , 11, 2, 14 & 5 (arr. Queyras/ Tharaud)

Based on the joint album ‘’Hommage à Piatigorsky” by harmonia mundi which will be released in January 2020.

with Michael Behringer (harpsichord)

Vivaldi: All six sonatas for Cello

with Mark Simpson (clarinet) & Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
24 November–1 December 2020

Lachenmann: Dal Niente (for Clarinet)
Lachenmann: Pression (for Cello)
Lachenmann: A work for Piano solo
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B- at major, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer-Trio”
Lachenmann: Allegro Sostenuto

with Bijan Chemirani (daf), Keyvan Chemirani (zarb) & Sokratis Sinopoulos (lyra)

Beyond Thrace


This is where classical music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditionscome 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.

with Atlas Ensemble

Nomaden for Cello and Ensemble by Joël Bons (2016)


The Atlas Ensemble is a unique chamber orchestra uniting brilliant musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Near East and Europe, lead by conductor Ed Spanjaard. In Nomaden the cellist enters into dialogues with instruments from different cultures.


In 2018 Joël Bons was honored for this work with the Grawemeyer Award,one of the most important awards for contemporary compositions.

with Isabelle Faust (violin) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Beethoven Piano Trios


Piano Trio in B- at major, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer-Trio”
Piano Trio in G major/G minor, Op. 121a “Kakadu Variations”
Piano Trio in B- at major, Op. 97 “Archduke Trio”

with Belcea Quartet (string quartet) & Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B- at major, Op. 18
Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

2019 / 2020


20:00 Uhr
Limousin, FR / Collégiale • Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Raphaël Imbert, Pierre-François Blanchard, Sonny Troupé
20:00 Uhr
Buenos Aires, AR / Teatro Colón
Jean-Guihen Queyras
20:00 Uhr
Buenos Aires, AR / Teatro Colón
Jean-Guihen Queyras
Nantes, FR /
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Pascal Rophé
17:00 Uhr
Angers, FR /
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Pascal Rophé
Sils Maria, CH / Hotel Waldhaus
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Silke Avenhaus
Sils Maria, CH / Hotel Waldhaus
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Daniel Sepec


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

Nihavent Semai
Sacher Variation
Zarbi é Shustari
Visite nocturne
I would I were a bird
Sunday morning
Dast é Kyan
Étude Digitale
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

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

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"

Francis Poulenc
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano
Bagatelle in D minor
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

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

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

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


"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


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