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Marc Coppey, cello'Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.' (Gilles Macassar, Télérama)
The French cellist Marc Coppey first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors - Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.
This season he performs as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Zagreb Soloists, the orchestras of Liège, Castilla y Leon, Cannes, Izmir, Marseille, Caen and Poitou-Charentes, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris…
Marc Coppey is particularly noted for his eclectic career. A passionate chamber musician, he has considerably explored its repertoire with Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Michel Dalberto, Peter Laul, François-Frédéric Guy, Nelson Goerner, Augustin Dumay, Victoria Mullova, Liana Gourdjia, Valeriy Sokolov, Ilya Gringolts, Tedi Papavrami, Lawrence Power, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Prazak, Ebène and Talich Quartets. He was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet for five years.
He has performed in the post prestigious concert halls of London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, New York, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo, and has been invited by the Festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d'Anthéron, Aix-en-Provence, Stuttgart, Midem, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork, Campos do Jordao, Prades, and the « Folle Journée » in Nantes and Lisbon.
The breadth of Marc Coppey's repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently performs the Bach suites and main stream concerto repertoire, but is also dedicated to performing less well-known works. He has also given first performances of works by Bertrand, Christian, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Jarrell, Krawczyk, Lenot (concerto), Leroux, Mantovani, Monnet (concerto), Pauset, Pécou, Reverdy, Tanguy (1st concerto), Verrières as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.
He has recorded works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for Auvidis, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617. More recently he has recorded the Bach Suites which received a 'ffff' review in the French magazine Télérama, a Dohnanyi CD (10 in 'Répertoire'), an album of great Russian sonatas with the pianist Peter Laul for the Aeon/Harmonia Mundi label, the Schubert cello quintet with the Prazak Quartet for the Praga label, and Martin Matalon's concert for Accord/Universal. His most recently recordings are the Dutilleux and Caplet concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège conducted by Pascal Rophé (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde la Musique, Clef Resmusica, BBC Music Magazine*****), followed by the Brahms sonatas then Schubert's Arpeggione, both with Peter Laul for Aeon, and a world premier recording of Dubois concerts for Mirare.
In November 2009 Marc Coppey was chosen to perform Bach in the Place de La Concorde in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
Marc Coppey is also a deeply committed teacher. He is professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and gives master-classes throughout the world.
He is artistic director of the 'Musicales de Colmar' chamber music festival and since 2011 musical director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists).
Marc Coppey performs on a rare cello made in Venice in 1711 by Matteo Goffriller.
Bach - The Six Cello Suites
Kodaly - Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8 (1915)
Mantovani - 'One-way' (dedicated to Marc Coppey, first performance 12 May 2012, Musicales de Colmar)
Dutilleux - Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1976)
Cassadó - Suite for solo cello (1926)
Britten - Cello suites N°1 Op. 72 & N°3 Op. 87
Carter - Figment for cello (1994)
with Peter Laul, piano
Bach (sonatas for viola da gamba)