Volodia Van Keulen


21st Musical August

He began studying the cello at the age of seven at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Besançon in the class of Emmanuel Boulanger. He was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and studied with Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips. The same year, he was selected by Pieter Wispelwey to participate in his master-class with orchestra at the Beauvais International Cello Festival.

Volodia has already performed in many places, as a soloist or with various ensembles, notably at the International Festival of La Roque d'Anthéron, at the Maison de la Radio for the world premiere of Francis Poulenc's Voyageur sans bagage on France Musique, in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez of the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Cité de la Musique de Paris, at the Folles journées de Nantes, at the Xi'an Philharmonie during a tour in China with the Ensemble Messiaen, at the Imperial Museum of Petrópolis (Brazil), at the Théâtre du Châtelet, at the Concerts de l'improbable with Jean-François Zygel and François Salque, at the Festival du Périgord Noir, at the Salle Poirel in Nancy, at the Kronberg Academy, at the Opéra Théâtre de Besançon, at the Matinale de France Musique, at the Rencontres de violoncelle de Bélaye, at the Folle journée in Tokyo, at the Maladrerie Saint-Lazare (Beauvais), at the Easter Festival and at the Août musical de Deauville, at the Grange de Meslay, at the Rencontres musicales de Noyers-sur-Serein, at the Folle nuit de Grenoble with Claire Désert and Emmanuel Strosser, and at the program "Plaisir du quatuor" of Stéphane Goldet on France Musique.

He shares his chamber music experience with musicians such as Roland Pidoux, Claire Désert, Hae-sun Kang, François Salque, Pierre Fouchenneret, Marc Coppey, Amaury Coeytaux, Bertrand Chamayou, Guillaume Vincent, Raphaël Sévère, David Petrlik, Théo Fouchenneret, Adrien Boisseau, Léa Hennino, Guillaume Bellom.

He is currently agraduate student (doctorate) and holds a Master's degree in cello in the class of Marc Coppey and Pauline Bartisol at the CNSMD in Paris. He has received advice from Steven Isserlis, Garry Hoffman, Young Chang Cho, Peter Bruns, Christian Ivaldi, Boris Garlitsky, Trio Wanderer, Philippe Muller, Claire Désert.

In 2017, he won second prize at the Societa Umanitaria International Competition in Milan, and recorded a disc for the Mirare label with his three comrades and friends of the Messiaen Ensemble, around a program composed of Court Studies by Thomas Adès and Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

Volodia has been an artist in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac since 2014 and plays on a cello by David Deroy made in 2010 in Vannes.

It is supported by the Safran Foundation and the Société Générale Foundation.

He will play at the Août Musical festival on August 9th, at 8pm, in the Barrière casino theater. 


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