Edgar Moreau

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Edgar Moreau

The cellist Edgar Moreau won first prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, second prize and the prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the prize for the Most Promising Contestant. 

Born in 1994, Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four. He studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and later continued at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Frans Helmerson. At the age of 11 he made his debut with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Torino, playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. 

Moreau regularly performs in prestigious halls including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hollywood Bowl, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Geneva Victoria Hall, Barcelona Palau de la Musica Catalana, Scala de Milano, La Fenice Venezia, and Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to notable festivals including Verbier, Salzburg, Gstaad, Montreux, Hamburg, Edinburgh, Saint-Denis, Menton, Colmar, Lugano, and the Martha Argerich Festival. 

Moreau performs with world-renowned orchestras such as the Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Luzern Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with acclaimed conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Francois-Xavier Roth, Tugan Sokhiev, Manfred Honeck, Lahav Shani, Mikko Franck, Jakub Hrusa, Alain Altinoglu, Pablo-Heras Casado, Susanna Mälkki Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Lionel Bringuier. 

A particularly passionate chamber musician, Moreau collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Daniil Trifonov, Nicholas Angelich, Andras Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud, Sergei Babayan, Lisa Batiashvili, Julian Rachlin, Alexey Volodin, Bertrand Chamayou, and David Kadouch, as well as his sister Raphaëlle and brothers David and Jérémie. 

An Erato exclusive artist, Moreau released his debut album Play in 2014 with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique. His follow-up, Giovincello, featured baroque concertos with the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro and Riccardo Minasi and won an ECHO Klassik Award in 2016. He has also recorded Debussy's sonatas and trios and a duo album with David Kadouch with works by Franck, Poulenc, Strohl and De la Tombelle. His latest release is a recording of Gulda and Offenbach concertos with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin. 

Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young Musician Prize 2013, “New Talent of the Year 2013,” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” awards from the French Victoires de la Musique (French Grammies), and was named an Echo Rising Star in 2017. 

Moreau plays on a David Tecchler cello from 1711. His bow was made by Dominique Peccatte.