Yan Levionnois


Yan Levionnois started to play cello with his father, then he continued his studies with Marc Coppey, Philippe Muller and Truls Mørk. Furthermore, he could benefit from advice by Gary Hoffman, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Natalia Shakhovskaï and studied at the Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy.

After winning the 1st prize at the André Navarra and In Memoriam Rostropovitch international competitions, Yan Levionnois also obtained two special prizes at the latest Rostropovitch competition, including that assigned to the “more remarkable personality”, and was appointed at the Victoires de la musique 2011 for the category Instrumental soloist revelation. He was a laureate of the Banque Populaire - Natixis and Safran corporate foundation, and Adami’s classical revelation 2013. He performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre national de France, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, under the conduction of Daniele Gatti, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff.

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

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

His first album, Cello Solo, released in 2013 by Fondamenta, was awarded by Télérama. His albums include a live recording of the second Trio Élégiaque of Rachmaninov, played in Lugano with Renaud Capuçon and Denis Kozhukhin, released by EMI, and Pierrots Lunaires, an album including duos for violin and cello played with violinist Mélanie Clapiès, released in 2014 by Fondamenta.

He plays Patrick Robin's cello dating back to 2005.