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Anne Gastinel
cello, France


Anne Gastinel was born in France in October 1971. She took up the cello at the age of four, and at the same time she studied the piano and the oboe. When she was ten she gave her first televised concert with orchestra.

At the age of eleven she entered the Lyons Conservatoire (CNSM). After being awarded her Premier prix in Lyons in 1986, she went on to advanced studies at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM). Her teachers there, Yo-Yo Ma, János Starker and Paul Tortelier, had a profound influence on her personal and musical development, and recognised in her the maturity of an exceptional artist.

Immediately after winning several major international prizes (Scheveningen, Prague, Rostropovich) she began to appear all over Europe. At the age of eighteen, she was revealed to the general public when she represented France in the Eurovision Competition in Vienna, which was broadcast throughout Europe.

Her career now takes her all over the world, to America and Asia, Africa and Europe, where she is invited to appear with today's foremost conductors in the most prestigious venues, among them the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berlin Schauspielhaus, the Vienna Musikverein, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

Every one of her new recordings over the past ten years has been hailed by the international press and showered with awards, among them the ‘Fnac' Prize 1995 and 2000; Prix de l'Académie du Disque and RTL Classique d'Or 1996, 1998 and 2002; ‘Choc du Monde de la Musique' and ¦¦¦¦ Télérama in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002. After winning the Victoires de la Musique in the categories ‘Most Promising Young Talent' and ‘Best Recording of the Year' in 1994, she has since been nominated in the ‘Soloist' and ‘Best Recording of the Year' categories in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Faithfully supported by the Fonds Instrumental Français, unanimously recognised as the ambassador of the French cello school, she was chosen in 1997 to play for one year the legendary Matteo Gofriller cello that belonged to Pablo Casals. She now performs her programmes on a Testore instrument of 1690, combining the standard repertoire with regular performances of new works.

Now professor of cello at the CNSM in Lyons, and honorary patron of the Rencontres de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, she continues to delight audiences all over the world with performances that place above all else the joy of personal exchange, which she regards as the very essence of music.

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