Francois Salque


A graduate of Yale University and the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, François Salque has performed in more than forty countries. As a soloist, he had the opportunity to perform with groups such as the Munich radio orchestra, the orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland, the Monte-Carlo orchestra, the Moscow chamber orchestra, the Camerata of Saint Petersburg, the orchestral ensemble of Paris, the Baltic Chamber Orchestra.

Very young, François Salque is awarded in the biggest international competitions such as Geneva, Tchaikovsky, ARD-Munich, Rostropovitch, Rose. "The sensitivity and nobility of his game" combined with "exceptional charisma and virtuosity", according to Pierre Boulez, allow him to win no less than ten first prizes and as many special prizes, obtaining the highest distinctions ever awarded to a French cellist. Among his masters are Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, Philippe Muller and Michel Strauss.

François Salque performs in places such as Salle Pleyel, MC2 in Grenoble, Moments Musicaux de La Baule as well as in Japan, where he will go on tour in the fall, in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

He participated in the complete Schumann and Fauré by Eric Le Sage (Alpha), rewarded with numerous discographic prizes. He also recorded a disc for Zig Zag Territoires alongside his faithful partner, accordionist Vincent Peirani.

His solo and chamber music discs with Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud, were widely acclaimed by the press (Diapasons d'or of the year, Chocs du Monde de la Musique, 10 of Repertoire, Charles Cros Academy Prize, Victoires de la Musique, BBC Palme d'Or). François Salque has also recorded seven highly acclaimed records with the quartet Ysaÿe, of which he was cellist for five years.

His commitment to the music of our time has earned him many dedications, notably by Thierry Escaich, Nicolas Bacri, Krystof Maratka or Karol Beffa. He is also at the origin of several creations, mixing contemporary inspirations and traditional music.

François Salque teaches chamber music at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris.

Today he takes part in the Strada quartet, with three colleagues and friends, eminent soloists like him: Pierre Fouchenneret, Sarah Nemtanu and Lise Berthaud. The first disc of the quartet recorded during the Easter festival of Deauville by B Records and devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven was released in 2016.

It was in 1997 that François Salque joined Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Pernoo, Jérôme Ducros and Nicholas Angelich for the first edition of the Easter festival.


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