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Yan Levionnois

Musician

Yan Levionnois started playing the cello with his father, then studied with Marc Coppey, Philippe Muller and Truls Mørk. He was also able to benefit from the advice of Gary Hoffman, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Natalia Shakhovskaï and at the Juilliard School from Timothy Eddy.

1st prize in the André Navarra and “In Memoriam Rostropovitch” international competitions, Yan Levionnois also won two special prizes in the last Rostropovitch competition, including that of the “most remarkable personality”, and was nominated for Victoires de la Musique 2011, in the category "instrumental solo revelation". He is also the winner of the Banque Populaire corporate foundations - Natixis and Safran, and classic revelation of Adami 2013. He has performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the national orchestra of France, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the national capitol orchestra of Toulouse, conducted by Daniele Gatti, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff.

His chamber music partners include Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, David Grimal, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Brigitte Engerer, David Guerrier, Emmanuel Pahud, Richard Galliano, the Ebène quartet.

Defender of the music of his time, he worked with composers such as Kryštof Mařatka, Jonathan Harvey, Martin Bresnick or even Eric Tanguy.

His first album, "Cello Solo", released in 2013 by Fondamenta, notably obtained the ffff from Télérama. His discography also includes a live recording in Lugano of the second Trio Élégiac by Rachmaninov alongside Renaud Capuçon and Denis Kozhukhin, published by EMI, as well as "Pierrots Lunaires", a disc of duets for violin and cello with violinist Mélanie Clapiès, published in 2014 by Fondamenta.

He plays a Patrick Robin cello from 2005.

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