EDGAR MOREAU, cello
with JESSICA XYLINA OSBORNE, piano
Saturday, February 25 at 8 pm
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center
EDGAR MOREAU, cello
“The rising star of the French cello,” 21-year-old cellist Edgar Moreau consistently captivates audiences with his effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances (Le Figaro Magazine). He won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. In 2013, he was named “New Talent of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in France, and in 2015, he was named “Solo Instrumentalist of the Year.” As recipient of the 2015 Arthur Waser Award, he receives a grant of CHF 25,000 and makes his debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Moreau has been selected as one of the European Concert Hall Organization’s 2016-2017 Rising Stars, and will embark upon a European tour of more than a dozen major concert halls including Barbican, Concertgebouw and Musikverein. He was awarded six concert prizes at the YCA Auditions and is recipient of the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship of YCA. His album of Baroque concertos was released earlier this season on the Warner Classics label.
Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as concerto performances abroad with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de France. Mr. Moreau makes his recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center on January 26 and in New York at Merkin Concert Hall in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert on February 2. He gives recitals at the Harriman-Jewel Series, Missouri State University, the Center for Arts in Natick, the Port Washington Library, Congregation Rodef Shalom, the Levine School of Music, the Embassy Series, and Festival Bach de Montréal. This season, he appears in chamber music concerts in France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan.
He has soloed with the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Poland (Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Myung-Whun Chung, conductor), the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra in Toulouse (under Valery Gergiev), the Orchestre National de France in Paris, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (under Jean-Claude Casadesus), the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, and in Asia with the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Mr. Moreau is in frequent demand as a chamber musician and has worked with the Talich, Prazak, Modigliani and Ebene Quartets, and pianists Nicholas Angelich and Jean-Frederic Neuburger. He has performed at Poland’s Easter Festival in Warsaw, the Radio France Montpellier Festival, the Colmar Festival, the Evian Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Born in 1994 in Paris, Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four and the piano at six. He studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and currently works with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. His first CD, “Play,” a collection of short pieces, is available on Warner Classics label. He plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711.