The French cellist Edgar Moreau, who reaches the age of 20 in 2014, can already look back on a number of exceptional achievements, among them becoming the winner – at the age of just 17 – of the Second Prize in Russia’s formidable Tchaikovsky Competition, winning the Young Soloist Prize in the 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, and performing with such distinguished musicians as Valery Gergiev, Gidon Kremer, András Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gustavo Dudamel, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Khatia Buniatishvili, Gérard Caussé and the Talich Quartet. In 2013 his huge potential was highlighted by France’s top music awards, Les Victoires de la Musique, which named him the year’s ‘Révélation’ among young classical instrumentalists.
He has also made his first recording for ERATO with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique, due for release in March 2014. It is a collection of short pieces – both virtuosic and lyrical. Rostropovich’s composition Humoresque features alongside works by, among others: Paganini, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Dvorák, Massenet, Schubert, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky. Although the album focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries, Moreau has a lively interest in contemporary music and looks forward to the opportunity to premiere new works as his career progresses.
A Parisian by birth, Edgar Moreau first realised he wanted to play the cello when he was just four years old – the instrument caught his imagination when he saw a girl having a cello lesson in an antique shop he was visiting with his father. He began lessons soon afterwards, and was giving concerts with major orchestras by the time he was 11 years old. Since the age of 13 he has been a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He has participated in masterclasses given by such cellists as Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, Miklós Perényi, Gary Hoffman and David Geringas, and since October 2013 has been attending the Kronberg Academy near Frankfurt – home to the Emanuel Feuermann Conservatory, named after the legendary Ukrainian-born cellist.
Over the 2013-14 season he appears with, amongst others, the Orchestre National de France in Paris, and the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse (under Tugan Sokhiev), while his recitals include dates at the Auditorium du Louvre and his Berlin debut at the Philharmonie. He also plays chamber music – with Renaud Capuçon among his partners – at the Easter festival in Aix-en-Provence and in Wurzburg and Saint-Denis. He will join Capuçon again, and Khatia Buniatishvili for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Lugano.
01 - Vittorio Monti: Csárdás 04.49
02 - Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour (Liebesgruß) Op.12 02.53
03 - Niccolò Paganini: Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto 06.49
04 - Alexandre Glazounov: Chant du Ménestrel (Minstrel’s song) Op.71 .03.53
05 - Mstistlav Rostropovitch: Humoresque Op. 5 02.05
06 - Gabriel Fauré: Elégie Op.24 in C minor 06.32
07 - Antonín Dvorák: Waldesruhe (Silent Woods ) B 173 Op. 68 No.5 05.40
08 - Francis Poulenc: Les Chemins de l’Amour 03.25
09 - Camille Saint-Saëns: 'Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix' from Samson et Dalila 05.58
10 - Jean Françaix: Mouvement perpetual 02.11
11 - Piotr Illitch Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale Op. 51 No.6 02.26
12 - Jules Massenet: Melodie-Elegie Op. 10 No.5 from Les Erinnyes 01.44
13 - David Popper: Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves) Op.39 02.50
14 - Franz Schubert: Ave Maria (Ellens dritter Gesang) D 839 Op. 52 No.6 04.09
15 - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Ballet des Ombres heureuses (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) 03.15
16 - Ernest Bloch: Prayer from From Jewish Life . De la vie juive 04.47
17 - Frédéric Chopin: Introduction et Polonaise brillante in C major Op. 3 09.07
Edgar Moreau cello
Pierre-Yves Hodique piano
Recording Salle Colonne, Paris, Eglise protestante Saint-Pierre, 2-5.IX.2013
Edgar Moreau, cello
Pierre-Yves Hodique, piano
Philippe Muller, cello *