Jérôme Pernoo


After having been studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, Jérôme Pernoo has been rewarded with several prizes in major international contests: 1st prize at the Tchaïkovsky contest in Moscow, 3rd prize at the Rostropovitch contest in Paris in 1994 and 1st prize at the Pretoria contest in 1996.

Jérôme Pernoo has been playing with the major French symphonic orchestras and works closely with the Matheus ensemble and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. He was invited, together with Spinosi, to the Salzburg festival in 2010 and to the Carnegie Hall of New York in 2013. Abroad, he has been performing with the Deutsches-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsoper orchestra of Munich, the Orchestra of Zurich opera, the National orchestra of Spain or the Stockholm radio Orchestra.

Together with pianist Jérôme Ducros, he has been performing in recital on some of the most prestigious music scenes: the Berlin Philharmonic, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Cité de la musique in Paris. His chamber music partners are Alina Ibragimova, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit, Henri Demarquette, Christophe Coin, Frank Braley, Nicholas Angelich, Eric Le Sage, Bertrand Chamayou, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, the Ebène, Modigliani, Chiaroscuro quartets.

Dedicatee of works of composers as Guillaume Connesson, Jérôme Ducros and Jérémie Rhorer, in 2008 he performed in a world première the concerto for cello by Guillaume Connesson.

In 2005, Jérôme Pernoo created in 2005 the Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn Festival at La Roche-Posay, of which he is the artistic director. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon the concerto by Offenbach with Marc Minkowski and the concerto by Connesson with Jean-Christophe Spinosi (to be released). With Jérôme Ducros, he has been publishing the sonatas by Rachmaninov and by Bridge, as well as the Sonate à Kreutzer by Beethoven. He has just released an album entirely dedicated to Guillaume Connesson’s chamber music in the collection Pierre Bergé and rewarded with a Choc de Classica.

He currently plays a baroque cello and a piccolo cello, both Italian and anonymous Milan school instruments dating back to the 28th century, and also a modern cello conceived for him by Franck Ravatin.

In 2005, he was appointed cello professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris.

In 1997 Jérôme Pernoo funded the Easter Festival of Deauville, together with Renaud Capuçon, François Salque, Jérôme Ducros and Nicholas Angelich, for future generations. Then he created the Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn in La Roche-Posay and this year the Chamber music centre of Paris at Salle Cortot.