Christian-Pierre La Marca

Christian-Pierre La Marca plays Bach
Ten years into an exciting international career, Christian-Pierre La Marca has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines natural virtuosic command with impassioned musicianship. The intensity of his playing receives regular acclaim, as does the spontaneity and sensitivity of his interpretations.

Encouraged and inspired by a circle of great artists such as Steven Isserlis, Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, Augustin Dumay and members of the Artemis Quartet and Quatour Ebène, Christian-Pierre has performed in venues including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Philharmonie, Berlin; Louvre, Salle Pleyel, Paris; Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, London; Bozar, Flagey, Brussels; Victoria Hall, Geneva; Opéra Garnier, Monaco; Alte Oper, Frankfurt; Kauffman Hall, Schwarzenberg; La Fenice, Venice; Conservatory, Moscow; 92nd, New York; Izumi Hall, Osaka; Oiji Hall, Tokyo; Arts Center, Melbourne, City Concert Hall, Sydney.

He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, UK; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège, Belgium; Les Siècles, Orchestre National de Lettonie, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, France; Wiener Concert-Verein, Poland; under the direction of Gérard Korsten, Emmanuel Krivine, Augustin Dumay, Pascal Rophé, Antoni Ros- Marba, Clemens Schuldt, Christopher Warren-Green and François-Xavier Roth.

An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Christian-Pierre received international acclaim for an anthology of French music recorded in 2010, L' Heure Exquise (Classique d'Or RTL, ****Classica, Coup de cœur Fnac, Top Mezzo), and more recently, the complete cello Suites of JS Bach (Top Le Figaro, La Croix, Coup de cœur RTL, Radio Classique, Europe 1, Fnac and RCF). He actively promotes contemporary music and has collaborated with composers including Peteris Vasks, Jean-Louis Florentz and Nicolas Bacri.

Christian-Pierre La Marca has performed at festivals such as Verbier, Ravinia, Santander, Bad Kissingen, Printemps des Arts de Monaco, Pablo Casals, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d'Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay, Auvers-sur-Oise, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Saintes, Montpellier, Menton and Wallonie. His chamber music partners include Thierry Escaich, Lawrence Power, Michel Portal, Augustin Dumay, and singers Bernarda Fink and Patricia Petibon, with whom he recorded a CD for Deutsche Grammophon (to be released in 2014) and pianists including Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Igor Levit, Amandine Savary, Eric Le Sage, Adam Laloum, David Kadouch, Cédric Tiberghien and Alexandre Tharaud.

Christian-Pierre is a founding member of the Trio Dali, laureate of numerous awards at international competitions: 1st Prize at Osaka and Frankfurt, 2nd Prize at New York, and 3rd Prize and Audience Award at Vienna. Their recordings of Ravel and Schubert for Fuga Libera received international acclaim: Diapason d'Or, Choc de l'Année Classica, Scherzo Excepcional, BBC Music Magazine Choice, Clef de Resmusica, FFFF Télérama and Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine.

He began playing the cello in Aix-en-Provence before studying in Paris with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Muller. He followed this with lessons from Frans Helmerson in Cologne, Steven Isserlis in London and masterclasses from Gary Hoffman, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Anner Bylsma, Leif Ove Ansdsnes, Maria Joao Pires and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Christian-Pierre was Assistant Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 2008 to 2010 and is currently artist-in-residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris. He is also the recipient of Fondation Banque Populaire, ADAMI and received the Firmenich Cello Prize at the Verbier Festival.

January 2015