François Salque


A graduate of Yale University and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, François Salque has performed in over forty countries. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Monte Carlo Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Baltic Chamber Orchestra.

At a very young age, François Salque won prizes in the most important international competitions such as Geneva, Tchaikovsky, ARD-Munich, Rostropovitch and Rose. The "sensitivity and nobility of his playing" combined with "charisma and exceptional virtuosity", according to Pierre Boulez, enabled him to win no less than ten first prizes and as many special prizes, obtaining the highest distinctions ever awarded to a French cellist. His teachers include Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, Philippe Muller and Michel Strauss.

François Salque has performed in venues such as Salle Pleyel, the MC2 in Grenoble, the Moments Musicaux in La Baule, as well as in Japan, where he will tour in the fall, and in the Netherlands and Belgium.

He participated in the complete Schumann and Fauré works of Eric Le Sage (Alpha), which have been awarded numerous discographic prizes. He has also recorded for Zig Zag Territoires a disc with his faithful partner, the accordionist Vincent Peirani.

His solo and chamber music recordings with Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud have been widely 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 by the BBC). François Salque has also made seven highly acclaimed recordings with the Ysaÿe Quartet, of which he was cellist for five years.

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

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

Today he participates in the Strada Quartet, with three colleagues and friends, eminent soloists like himself: Pierre Fouchenneret, Sarah Nemtanu and Lise Berthaud. The quartet's first CD recorded during the Deauville Easter Festival by B Records and dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven was released in 2016.

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


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