Jean-Guihen Queyras


"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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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 and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – 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, Thomas Larcher and Tristan Murail. 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 the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Jean-Guihen Queyras often appears with renowned orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, London 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. The upcoming season includes CD releases for the recording of works by composer Marin Marais with Alexandre Tharaud, as well as a release of the first recording by the "Invisible Stream" ensemble consisting of Jean-Guihen Queyras, Raphaël Imbert, Pierre-François Blanchard and Sonny Troupé. Jean-Guihen Queyras records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.

Highlights in the 2022/23 season include concerts with his ensembles "Invisible Stream" and "Thrace", concert tours to Australia, Japan and Canada, invitations from the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, as well as chamber music concerts with Alexander Melnikov, Jörg Widmann, the Belcea Quartet, the Quatuor Modigliani and Isabelle Faust. Alongside Yuja Wang, Jean-Guihen Queyras has been selected as Spotlight Artist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming season and will also be Resident Artist at the Cello Biennale Amsterdam.

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.

2022 / 2023
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2023 / 2024
Program I
Saygun: Partita for Cello Solo, Op. 31
Fazil Say: New Work for Cello Solo
Kodály: Sonata for Cello, Op. 8
Program II
with Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
November 2023

Marais: Suite No. 1 in A minor (Pièces de viole, Livre III)

Marais: Prelude (Pièces de viole, Book II)

Marais: Sarabande (Pièces de viole, Book II)

Marais: Couplets from Folies d’Espagne (Pièces de viole, Livre II)


Schubert: Sonatina D-Dur D 384

Poulenc: Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier

or Britten: Sonata for Violoncello and Klavier C-Dur op.65

Program III
with Kristian Bezuidenhout (Piano)
January 2024

Sonatas by Mendelssohn

Program IV
with Isabelle Faust (Violin) & Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
February 2024
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 arr. for Piano Trio
Carter: Epigrams for Piano Trio (2012)
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
or Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1889 version)
Program V
with Isabelle Faust (Violin), Anne-Katharina Schreiber (Violin), Antoine Tamestit (Viola) & Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
November 2023
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47
Mozart: Five Fugues for four Voices, K 405
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Program VI
with Belcea Quartet & Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
May 2024
Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B major, Op. 18
Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
Program VI
with Andrea Marcon & La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
April 2024
Vivaldi: Sinfonia per archi in G major
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violoncelli in G minor, RV 531
Vivaldi: Concerto for Cello Solo
C. P. E. Bach: Sinfonia for Strings (from Symphonies 1–6)
C. P. E. Bach: Cello Concerto in A major, Wq 172
2022 / 2023


22:30 Uhr
ES / Granada - Palacio de Carlos V -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Tabea Zimmermann, Lucas Macias Navarro, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Raphaël Imbert, Pierre-François Blanchard, Sonny Troupé
21:00 Uhr
FR / Saint-Robert - Église Saint-Robert -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud
20:30 Uhr
FR / Varengeville-sur-Mer - Musée Michel Ciry -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
20:00 Uhr
DK / Humlebæk - Museum Louisiana - Museum of Modern Art
Belcea Quartet, Jean-Guihen Queyras
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall -
Belcea Quartet, Jean-Guihen Queyras
16:00 Uhr
LV / Cesis - Vidzemes Concert hall -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Putniņš Kaspars, Latvian Radio Choir
21:00 Uhr
CH / Engadin - -
Belcea Quartet, Jean-Guihen Queyras
20:30 Uhr
IT / Bari - Teatro Petruzzelli -
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jordi Bernàcer, Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli
20:00 Uhr
DE / Freiburg / Breisgau - Musikhochschule Freiburg - Wolfgang-Hoffmann-Saal
Quatuor Modigliani, Jean-Guihen Queyras


Frédéric Chopin
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Sergei Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello after Symphony No. 2, Op. 36

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

Schönberg: Violin Concerto – Verklärte Nacht
Arnold Schönberg
Violin Concerto, Op. 36
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Anne Katharina Schreiber - Violin
Antoine Tamestit - Viola
Danusha Waskiewicz - Viola
Christian Poltera - Cello
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding - Conductor

Short pieces by
Liszt · Kreisler · De Falla · Fauré · Saint-Saëns · Poulenc · Coltrane · Imbert · Dutilleux · Haydn · Brahms · Von Vecsey · Popper · Tchaikovsky · Shchedrin · Chopin · Popper

Bons: Nomaden
Joël Bons

Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard - Conductor

Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, The Late Works
Claude Debussy
[Troisième] Sonate pour violon et piano
Berceuse héroïque
Page d'album
[Deuxième] Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe
[Première] Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
Les Soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Isabelle Faust - Violin
Tanguy de Williencourt - Piano
Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Javier Perianes - Piano
Magali Mosnier - Flute
Antoine Tamestit - Viola
Xavier de Maistre - Harp

Vivaldi: Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo
Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata No. 5 in E minor, RV40
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 1 in B-flat Major, RV47
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV43
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 4 in B-flat Major, RV45
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 2 in F Major, RV41
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 6 in B-flat Major, RV46
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Michael Behringer - Keyboards
Lee Santana - Theorbo
Christoph Dangel - Cello

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
Vivaldi: Sonatas for Violoncello & Basso (Album Presentation)


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