CHRISTIAN-PIERRE LA MARCA – cello
Applauded by Gramophone for “his mastery of the instrument, his lyrical elegance and his good taste” and hailed by Le Monde as belonging to “the elite of French cello”, Christian-Pierre La Marca has quickly distinguished himself by his award-winning discography and his magnetic presence on the world’s best stages.
After his debut in Aix-en-Provence, Christian-Pierre La Marca studied in Paris with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Muller before continuing his training with Frans Helmerson in Cologne and Steven Isserlis in London. He completed his training with master classes with Mstislav Rostropovitch, Heinrich Schiff, Anner Bylsma, Natalia Gutman and Gary Hoffman, and benefited from the advice and encouragement of Itzhak Perlman, Philippe Jaroussky, Thomas Quasthoff, Gabor Takàcs, Menahem Pressler, Leif Ove Andsnes, Maria João Pires, of the Artemis Quartet. François-Xavier Roth or Seiji Ozawa. His career has been marked by successes at international competitions in Osaka, Frankfurt, London (Philharmonia award), New York (YCA) and Vienna (Haydn). He has also been invited several times to the Victoires de la musique classique.
Christian-Pierre La Marca is regularly invited by the greatest concert halls throughout the world, including the Philharmonie, the Seine Musicale and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Southbank Center, King’s Place in London, Bozar in Brussels, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concert gebouw in Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulesaal in Munich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Fenice in Venice, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Salle Bougie in Montreal, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Melbourne Arts Center, the Angel Place in Sydney or the Imperial in Delhi among others.
As a soloist, he can be heard regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Musiciens de l’Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Brussels Philharmonic, Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Philharmonia Salzburg, Wiener Concert-Verein, Collegium Munich, Sinfonia Varsovia… or with ensembles on period instruments such as Les Siècles, Le Concert de la Loge, Les Ambassadeurs-La Grande Ecurie under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine, Augustin Dumay, Pascal Rophé, Oksana Lyniv, Gérard Korsten, Antoni Ros-Marba, Clemens Schuldt, Alexis Kossenko, Julien Chauvin, François-Xavier Roth… This fervent defender of the contemporary repertoire collaborates with composers Jörg Widmann, Pēteris Vasks, György Kurtág, Philippe Hersant, Nicolas Bacri, Jean-Louis Florentz, Edith Canat de Chizy, Pascal Zavaro or Thierry Escaich with whom he works very regularly.
He has also performed at major festivals in France (Pablo Casals, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Saintes, Montpellier, Menton…) and abroad (Verbier, Ravinia, Santander, Dresden Festpiele, Bad Kissingen, Meklenburg Vorpommern, Moritzburg, Trondheim…).
Also much sought after in chamber music, he has played with illustrious musicians as different as Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, the late Nicholas Angelich or Didier Lockwood, Michel Portal, Thierry Escaich, Igor Levit, Kit Armstrong, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Jonas Vitaud, Adam Laloum, Cédric Tiberghien, Eric Le Sage, Félicien Brut, Thibaut Garcia, Thibault Cauvin, the Ebene, Arod, Modigliani, Danel and Hermès Quartets. He shares an artistic complicity with the pianist Lise de la Salle.
His passion for the voice has led him to collaborate with Philippe Jaroussky, Sabine Devieilhe, Roberto Alagna, Bernarda Fink, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Julie Fuchs, Karine Deshayes and Patricia Petibon. Christian-Pierre was also a founding member of the Trio Dali.
His discography reflects his curiosity as well as his fidelity to the great repertoire and has won numerous international awards. His album Cello 360 won the prestigious Gramophone Award 2021. Christian-Pierre La Marca records exclusively for naïve. The latest addition to the catalog – Wonderful World – presents an ode to nature, humanistic and committed, with a host of international artists and the musicians of the Orchestre de Paris. His next album (2023) in concerto “Legacy” describes the classical filiation of the cello around the concerti of Porpora, Haydn and Mozart.
Since 2018, Christian-Pierre has initiated a “Concert for the Planet” with the GoodPlanet Foundation and Yann Arthus-Bertrand; a multi-artist, multi-genre solidarity event to raise funds for environmental projects around the world. Christian-Pierre has been sharing with his brother the artistic direction of the Festival du Forez (Loire) for 10 years, selected by Télérama as “one of the 12 festivals that count in France”.
He is in charge of cello masterclasses at the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky at La Seine Musicale in Paris. He is an official Larsen Strings artist and ambassador for Gewa Case and Henle Library. He wears clothes designed by Agnès b and is supported by ADAMI.
He plays a cello from the golden period by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1856) and the Fondation de la Vocation provides him with a rare bow by Jacob Eury (1825) which he plays alternately with a baroque bow by Jean-Yves Tanguy on a historical model by F.X.Tourte.