The cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the Prize for the Most Promising Contestant. Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young musician Prize 2013, and was named “New Talent of the Year 2013” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” by the French Victoires de la Musique.
He made his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin. He has soloed with the Musica Viva Orchestra in Russia and in Japan (Alexander Rudin, conductor), the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Poland (Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas, the Mariinsky Orchestra in Toulouse (under the baton of Valery Gergiev), the Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse (under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor), the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and his Amsterdam debut at the Cello Biennale.
Moreau is a committed chamber musician and has worked with the Talich, Prazak, Modigliani, and Ebene Quartets, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frederic Neuburger, and Khatia Buniatishvili. Festival appearances include performances at Poland’s Easter Festival in Warsaw, Saint-Denis Festival, Radio France Montpellier Festival, Colmar Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes and in Japan, Verbier Festival, Annecy Classic Festival, Lugano Festival (Progetto Martha Argerich), Edinburgh International Festival, Evian Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Mozartfest in Würzburg, Luzern Festival, and the Musikverein in Vienna.
He has also given recitals with his piano partner – the Frenchman Pierre-Yves Hodique – who captured the Prize of the Best Accompanist at the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition – at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal), in Brussels, Antwerp, Ferrara, and at Paris’Auditorium du Louvre.
Recent highlights for Moreau include appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Lahav Shani, the Gürzenich Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud Capuçon and Khatia Buniatishvili), the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France (N. Znaider, conductor), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Mikko Franck, conductor), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Santa Cecilia under Jakub Hrůša, as well as chamber music recitals at the Kölner Philharmonie, Schubertiades in Schwarzenberg, Ludwigshafen, Verbier Festival, Saint-Denis Festival, and the Fazioli Concert Hall Series, among many others.
As a Warner Classics exclusive artist, Moreau’s first album, “Play” – works for cello and piano, a collection of short pieces both virtuosic and lyrical – was released in 2014. His follow-up album, Giovincello (ECHO Classik 2016), presents 18th-century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. In 2018, he released a duo recital recording with David Kadouch exploring the music of Franck, Poulenc and Strohl, and his future plans include cello concertos by Offenbach and Gulda with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin.
Born in 1994 in Paris, Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four and the piano at six. From 2008 to 2013, he studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and he currently studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. He has taken part in master classes with such eminent cellists as Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrel, and David Geringas, and he has participated in many academies, including the Verbier Festival Academy and Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World Project with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet,ss and Andras Schiff.
Edgar Moreau plays a David Tecchler cello dating from 1711.