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Jean-Guihen Queyras is a French cellist. He was born in Montreal, Canada on 11 March, 1967, and moved with his parents to Algeria when he was 5 years old; the family moved to France 3 years later. He is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and artistic co-director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence. He won the Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in Toronto in 2002.

Queyras has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, including the Dvořák's cello concerto and 'Dumky' piano trio, the complete cello suites of both Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten, and, with Alexander Melnikov, Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano. He recorded Haydn's and Monn's cello concertos on a period instrument with the Freiburger Barockorchester. He has also recorded the complete Vivaldi cello concertos with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. His recordings have won distinctions such as Top CD - BBC Music Magazine, Diapason d'Or, CHOC du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Classica/Répertoire, and Editor's Choice from Gramophone.

His repertoire also encompasses more recent works, which he performs internationally: he gave the world premieres of Ivan Fedele's cello concerto (Orchestre National de France, Leonard Slatkin) and Gilbert Amy's concerto (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo). In September 2005, he premiered Bruno Mantovani's concerto with the Saarbrücken Radio Sinfonie Orchestra and Phillippe Schoeller's Wind's Eyes with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg.

Queyras is part of the Arcanto Quartet with Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec and Tabea Zimmermann. He plays a cello made in 1696 by Goffredo Cappa.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Boulez Conducts Ligeti: Concertos for Cello / Violin / Piano Ligeti; Ensemble InterContemporain, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Saschko Gawriloff, Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Pierre Boulez 1
2001 Kodály / Veress / Kurtág Kodály, Veress, Kurtág; Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud 3
2004 Cello Concertos Joseph Haydn; Matthias Georg Monn, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans 2
2004 Concerto pour violon et orchestre op.53 / Trio op.65 Dvořák; Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Prague Philharmonia, Jiří Bělohlávek 1
2006 Arpeggione Sonata Schubert, Webern, Berg; Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud 1
2007 Cello Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean-Guihen Queyras 1
2007 Piano Trios Beethoven, Hummel; Staier, Sepec, Queyras 1
2008 Debussy / Poulenc Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc; Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud 1
2011 Cello Concertos Vivaldi; Jean-Guihen Queyras, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin 1
2013 Elgar: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Sir Edward Elgar, Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Jean-Guihen Queyras, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek 1

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