Date(s) - 27/09/2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St Paul's Cathedral
Within a few years, French cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines natural virtuosic command with impassioned musicianship. The intensity of his playing receives regular acclaim, as does the spontaneity and sensitivity of his interpretations. Christian-Pierre enjoys the growing reputation of a musician who possesses exceptional versatility and integrity. His musical horizons are seemingly boundless and he is leading multiples projects both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Inspired and encouraged by a circle of notable artists such as Steven Isserlis, Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, Thierry Escaich, Augustin Dumay, and the Artemis and Ebène Quartets, the young artist has already performed throughout Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Christian-Pierre has played with the Latvian National and Malaga symphony orchestras; the Luxembourg and Brussels philharmonic orchestras; and the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO), the Vienna Concert-Verein, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Les Siècles, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, and has been conducted by Gerard Korsten, Emmanuel Krivine, Augustin Dumay, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, Antoni Ros-Marba, Clemens Schuldt, Christopher Warren-Green and Christian Arming.
His repertoire is a reflection of his curiosity: from baroque to contemporary music through the romantic masterpieces or eastern improvised ( sounds a bit vague) music, Christian-Pierre has presented diverse programmes to audiences at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bozar and Flagey in Brussels, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Kauffman Hall in Schwarzenberg, the Louvre and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Garnier Opera in Monaco, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre in London, Victoria Hall in Geneva, La Fenice in Venice, Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the City Arts Center in Moscow, 92ndY in New York, Oiji Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Arts Centre in Melbourne and the City Concert Hall in Sydney. He has also toured in Japan, the U.S. and Australia with Musica Viva.
Christian-Pierre La Marca has been a guest of major festivals worldwide including the following French festivals – Aix-en-Provence, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), Menton, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay, Auvers-sur-Oise, Les Folles Journées and Saintes; and Wallonie in Belgium, Verbier in Switzerland, Santander in Spain, Bad Kissingen in Germany, Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico, and Ravinia, in the U.S.
Christian-Pierre has collaborated with many high-profile artists including Thierry Escaich, Igor Levit, Paul Neubauer, Maxim Rysanov, Lawrence Power, Michel Portal, Simon Trpceski, Barbara Hendricks, Patricia Petibon, Bernarda Fink, Augustin Dumay and Itzhak Perlman. As a recitalist, he performs with pianists Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Adam Laloum or Cédric Tiberghien.
A keen chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Trio Dali (with Jack Liebeck and Amandine Savary), who are very active on the international stage. Their recordings of Ravel and Schubert for the label Fuga Libera (Outhere-harmonia mundi) received much international critical acclaim: Diapason d’Or, Choc de l’Année Classica, Scherzo ‘Esceptionnal’, BBC ‘Music Choice’, ‘Clef’ de Resmusica, FFFF Télérama and Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’. Christian-Pierre La Marca strives to defend contemporary music by working with composers Peteris Vasks, Gyorgy Kurtag, Olivier Greif, Jean-Louis Florentz, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Hersant and Nicolas Bacri.
Initiated into the arts at an early age by his family, the young musician started playing music in Aix-en-Provence before studying in Paris with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Muller. He continued his learning with Frans Helmerson in Cologne, further developed his art with Steven Isserlis in London and received masterclasses from Gary Hoffman, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Anner Bylsma, Leif Ove Ansdsnes, Maria Joao Pires and Mstislav Rostropovich. His career has been marked by numerous prizes and awards, including the cello Prize Firmenich from the Verbier Festival, the Prize of the European Radios Competition and a “Classical Revelation” by Adami. He was also very successful with the Trio Dali at the international competitions in Osaka (1st prize), Frankfurt (1st prize), New York (2nd prize) and Vienna (3rd Prize, Audience and XXe Award) and became laureate of foundations Banque Populaire, Yamaha and Vocation. A fellow at the Royal Academy of Music (2008-10): his trio is currently an artist-in-residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.
In 2010, Christian-Pierre became an exclusive artist for Sony Classical. His first album ‘L’Heure Exquise’, released in 2011 was a great success, as was his 2013 release of the complete Bach Solo Cello Suites. In 2014, he will appear on Patricia Petibon’s next album for Deutsche Grammophon.