“In an extraordinary display of dazzling virtuosity and riveting music making, 19-year Aurélien Pascal confirmed that the future of music is in good hands.” – Laurence Vittes
At only 19 years old, French cellist Aurélien Pascal was awarded the Grand Prix, Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a concerto by Ernst Toch at the 2014 Emanuel Feuermann Competition under the patronage of Daniel Barenboim. Prior to that in 2013, he was 2nd Prize-winner at the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, the prestigious jury led by Arto Noras praised the emergence of a new French talent gifted with both rare power and superb elegance. These qualities were highlighted in his interpretation of Dutilleux «Tout un monde lointain» during the final performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds. Already, at the age of 11, Aurélien was named winner of the 1st Rostropovitch Junior Competition and in 2011 was awarded the Guy Bonnemain Prize for the best new talent at the International André Navarra Competition in Toulouse.
Born into a family of musicians, Aurélien Pascal studied at the CNSMDP with Philippe Müller and attended master classes given by the legendary János Starker in Paris, Basel and Bloomington, as well as studying with Frans Helmerson at the Prades Festival Academy and with Peter Wispelwey in Beauvais. He is currently a student of Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.
In 2013, Aurélien performed at the 7th edition of the Tons Voisins Festival in Albi, at the Orangerie de Sceaux Festival as well as at the Rencontres Musicales de Calenzana and La Folle journée de Nantes, after which he was immediately invited to give five concerts in several cities for La Folle Journée au Japon. In 2014, Aurélien was invited to La Folle Journée in Japan (5 concerts) after his success in La Folle Journée de Nantes. Summer 2014 saw him give four highly acclaimed concerts at the Festival de Radio – France in Montpellier before he performs chamber music at La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, at Les Journées Ravel in Montfort L’Amaury, again at the Orangerie de Sceaux Festival and at the Casals Festival in Prades.
In 2015, Aurélien Pascal was accepted into the Sponsorship Programme of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. This featured a performance in the Zurich Tonhalle together with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev and, following this, and invitation to record the Danzi concerto with Howard Griffiths and the Munich Chamber Orchestra in May 2016. The same year saw his debut in Tokyo in May then in Osaka where he performed the Dvořák Concerto with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra under Augustin Dumay. Summer 2015 saw Aurélien perform at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Russian Chamber Music Festival in Hamburg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was awarded the “Prix du public” and was re-invited, as well as many festivals in France such as those in Colmar, Reims, Prades, Albi. He has recently given concerts with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Christoph Poppen and a recital and concerto performance in the ARK NOVA mobile concert hall, Japan.
At the beginning of 2016, Aurélien performed a series of concerts with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire and Pascal Rophé, the Hiroshima Symphony and Clemens Schuldt (Saint-Saens). He went on to play with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Dvorak), Nuremberg Symphony and Michael Helmrath (Rococo Variations).
During the 2016-17 season, Aurélien gave performances of the Elgar concerto with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and also gave his debut recital at the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus. He recorded the Brahms Sextet with Augustin Dumay, Henri Demarquette, Miguel da Silva, Svetlin Roussev on Sony and the Danzi Cello Concerto with Howard Griffiths and the Munich Chamber Orchestra which will be released in January 2018 on Sony.
On next season, he will make his debuts with the Tapei Symphony Orchestra and Gilbert Varga, with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Okko Kamu and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in early 2018.
Aurélien Pascal plays a French cello made in 1850 by Charles-Adolphe Gand.