B i o g r a p h y
Born into a musical family in the south of France, Timothée Marcel began his cello studies with his father at the age of seven. He traveled alone on a weekly journey to Paris to continue his studies with Marcel Bardon and Philippe Muller.
One of the youngest cellists to be admitted to the Paris Conservatory, he graduated in 2006 with highest honors in Cello Performance and Chamber Music Studies.
He had the privilege to play for Mstislav Rostropovich and has also been tutored by Miklós Perényi in Budapest, Gary Hoffman in the United States and participated in numerous masterclasses by Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Gutman, Anner Bylsma, Maria Joao Pires.
Timothée has won national and international cello competitions, including the Maurice Gendron competition, the International String competition in Epernay and the Raynaud-Zurfluh Young Artist Foundation.
He has had the opportunity to play in many wonderful music halls around the world (Paris, New York, Santa Fe, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Mexico) such as the theater of the Champs-Elysées, the Institute of France, Carnegie Hall, the Fine Arts Palace in Budapest and has often played with l’Opéra National de Paris and the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Alongside with his activities as a soloist, he has a passion for chamber music and he has been invited to play with prestigious partners such as Gary Hoffman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuja Wang, Gérard Caussé and Guillermo Figueroa.
Collaborating with artists from different genres is of great interest to Mr. Marcel. He has performed in concert, select movements from the Bach suites for solo cello with the dance company Two Women Dancing in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
With his strong affinity for these magnificent works, he enjoys performing the Bach suites for solo cello in the acoustically resonant Sainte Chapelle in Paris.
After 10 years of an international career, Timothée Marcel continues to captivate his public with his passionate way of playing his instrument. His interest towards meeting new countries and new cultures enriches his musical sensibility and confronts his background as a french cellist to a multicultural environment with exciting repertoires and projects.
Passionate about french contemporary lutherie, he currently plays a cello made by Jacques Bauer in 1990 and a bow made by Yannick Le Canu in 2004.