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Francois Salque

Francois Salque

Francois Salque is recognised as one of the most stunning cellists of his generation. His profound musical thinking and phenomenal technique have earned him many prestigious awards.

Francois has won prizes at such international competitions as Lausanne (Unanimous First Prize), Geneva (2nd Prize), ARD Munich and Tchaikovsky in Moscow. On each of occasion, he was given the highest distinctions ever awarded to a French cellist in the histories of these competitions.

His outstanding talent was equally highly recognised in the United-States where he earned his Master's degree in music at Yale University as well as no less than six First Prizes in international competitions.

François has performed as a soloist and in chamber music in over fifty countries with some of the world's most renowned artists (Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alexandre Tharaud, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Itamar Golan, Renaud Capuçon, Barry Douglas, Gil Shaham...)

He has played as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Munchner Rundfunk Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Moscow chamber orchestra, the Saint-Petersburg Camerata, the Baltica Chamber Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berner Philharmonic... as well as many French orchestras.

His recordings for BMG RCA, Arion or Lyrinx with pianists Eric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud were highly acclaimed and received many awards.

Francois Salque was a member of the Ysaye String Quartet for five years, with which he played over 400 concerts and recorded seven CDs.

Francois is currently teaching at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris.