BiographyJean-Guihen Queyras enjoys an enviable reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility and integrity. His musical horizons are seemingly boundless and he is in great demand both as a soloist with international orchestras and conductors, a chamber musician and as a solo performer.
He has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande and Netherlands Philharmonic under the baton of conductors such as Franz Brüggen, Günther Herbig, Ivan Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jiri Belohlavek, Olivier Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington. He is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Jean-Guihen is frequently asked to host artistic residencies. These have included projects in the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and De Bijloke in Gent. He was “Artist in Residence” with the Hamburg-based chamber orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, with whom he led and played several eclectic programmes in the Laieszhalle Hamburg, Köln Philharmonie, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris, the Konzerthaus Wien and the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. This season he will have ‘Carte Blanche’ at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and will also be ‘Artist-in-Residence’ with the Bochum Symphoniker.
Highlights of the forthcoming season include performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. He will also tour a complete Beethoven Sonata programme with the pianist Alexander Melnikov throughout Europe. Equally hailed for his landmark solo Bach recitals, Jean-Guihen will perform worldwide in the 14/15 season.
He is also an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music and is committed to expanding the repertoire boundaries of his instrument. He regularly collaborates with composers such as Bruno Mantovani, Jörg Widmann and Pierre Boulez and has recently commissioned Thomas Larcher to compose a piece for solo cello and string orchestra which will be premiered in 2016. He has premiered Michael Jarrel’s concerto as well as that of Johannes-Maria Staud, which he premiered in the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Musikverein Wien in 2010 and has subsequently performed at the Salzburg Festival. In November 2014, he will perform Peter Eötvös’ cello concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for Eötvös’ 70th birthday celebrations and will perform Dutilleux’s concerto for the composer’s 100th anniversary.
He appears often at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and at the Wigmore Hall. His regular chamber music partners include the pianists Alexandre Tharaud and Alexander Melnikov and the violinist Isabelle Faust. He is a member of the Arcanto Quartet with Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec. Jean-Guihen also performs with Zarb specialists Kevyan and Bijan Chemirani and will appear with them at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and at the Cheltenham Festival.
Jean-Guihen has made numerous recordings for harmonia mundi. His recording of Bach’s complete solo Suites received immediate acclaim (Diapason d’Or & CD of the Year in Diapason). Further highlights of his much-lauded catalogue include Cello Concertos of the 21st Century, Haydn & Monn’s Cello Concertos performed on a period instrument with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Debussy-Poulenc CD with pianist Alexandre Tharaud and, most recently, Elgar’s Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. He is currently involved in an all Schumann project, recording the string trios with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, and the concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester.
Jean-Guihen plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale since November 2005. He is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.