François Salque


After obtaining a certificate at the Yale University and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, François Salque has been performing in over forty countries. He has been playing as a soloist with groups such as the Munich radio orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestra of Monte-Carlo, the Chamber orchestra of Moscow, the Camerata of Saint Petersburg, the Ensemble orchestral de Paris, the Baltic Chamber Orchestra.

Still very young, François Salque was rewarded in the greatest international contests such as Genève, Tchaikovsky, ARD-Munich, Rostropovitch, Rose. “His sensitive and noble playing”, combined with “an extraordinary charm and virtuosity”, according to Pierre Boulez, lead him to gain not fewer than ten 1st prizes and as many special prizes. He was given the highest distinctions ever awarded to a French cellist in these competitions. Some of his masters were Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, Philippe Muller and Michel Strauss.

François Salque has been performing in the Salle Pleyel, the MC2 of Grenoble, the Moments Musicaux of La Baule as well as in Japan, where he will be on tour in Autumn, in the Netherlands and in Belgium.

He participated to a complete Schumann and Fauré by Eric Le Sage (Alpha), winning several discography prizes. He also recorded for Zig Zag Territoires an album together with his trusted partner, accordionist Vincent Peirani.

His soloist and chamber music albums, made with Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage or Alexandre Tharaud, has been highly acclaimed by the press (Diapasons d’or de l’année, Chocs du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Répertoire, Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Victoires de la musique, Palme d’Or de la BBC). François Salque has also recorded seven remarkable albums with Ysaÿe quartet, of which he has been the cellist for 5 years.

His commitment to contemporary music earned him several dedications, especially by Thierry Escaich, Nicolas Bacri, Krystof Maratka or Karol Beffa. He is also responsible for many creations, combining contemporary inspiration and traditional music.

François Salque teaches chamber music at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris.

He is currently a member of the Strada quartet, together with three colleagues and friends, all renowned soloists as him: Pierre Fouchenneret, Sarah Nemtanu and Lise Berthaud. The first album of the quartet, recorded during the Easter Festival in Deauville and dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven has been released by B Records in 2016.

In 1997, François Salque joined Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Pernoo, Jérôme Ducros and Nicholas Angelich for the first edition of the Easter Festival.