French cellist Edgar Moreau (1994) won second place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of seventeen in 2011. A few years earlier, he won the Young Musician prize at the 2009 Rostropovich Competition. In 2013, the jury of France’s most significant record industry awards, Victoires de la Musique, praised him as the year’s Révélation in the Instrumental Music Soloist category.
At the age of four, having accompanied his father into a nearby antique shop, Edgar noticed a girl playing the cello. He thought that the sound of the instrument was so wonderful that soon he was also attending cello lessons, and at the age of eleven he had already performed with many famous orchestras. At the age of thirteen, he enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris, attending masterclasses from such expert cellists as Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, Miklós Perényi, Gary Hoffman and David Geringas. He was also educated at the Verbier Festival Academy and the Kronberg Academy, playing with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and András Schiff in the Chamber Music Unites the World project.
“One always comes to a young musician’s concert with a hope that this will be that special day when you hear a performer who you are absolutely sure will be a star of the future. That hope only comes to fruition on a small number of occasions: this concert was one of them. I’m willing to take bets that nineteen year-old Parisian cellist Edgar Moreau is going to have a glittering career … His playing is muscular and he throws himself into the music … and Moreau has bags of stage presence, with a flexible face which can turn from smile to grimace and back in an instant but always shows deep involvement with the music … Even at such a young age, Moreau can completely win over an audience with his big sound and no-holds-barred style. I think he’s going to be a winner,” wrote Bachtrack after Moreau’s performance at the Gstaad Festival in 2013.
Moreau has made his debut with Turin’s Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, performed with the Paris-based Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. He has been invited to collaborate with conductors Valery Gergiev, Jean-Claude Casadesus, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki.
He is also an exciting chamber musician who has performed with top-level string quartets (Talich, Pražák, Modigliani and Ébène quartets), and performers Renaud Capucon, Nicholas Angelich and Khatia Buniatishvili. He has performed in countless festivals in France (Montpellier, Colmar, Saint-Denis, Annecy, Evian, Aix-en-Provence, Nantes, Menton and others) as well as in Switzerland (Lugano, Verbier, Gstaad, Lucerne), the UK (Edinburgh), Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, etc.
Moreau considers his cello to be very special. Not only because it is a 1711 David Tecchler, a famous German cello maker of the so-called Roman school, but because his parents bought it for him when he was still very young; they presented it to him after his first success at the 2009 Rostropovich Competition in Paris. Moreau calls his instrument a “wonder”.
Moreau is an exclusive Warner Classics artist, and he has already recorded six albums with this record label, including cello miniatures, 18th century cello concertos, and the music of Claude Debussy, César Franck, Francis Poulenc, Rita Strohl, Jacques Offenbach and Friedrich Gulda.