CAMILLE THOMAS, cello
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"A new star of the cello is discovered" Jens Rasmussen, DR Radio Denmark 2014
Nominated as Newcomer of the year 2014 by the French-Grammys ‘ Les Victoires de la Musique’, the Franco- Belgian cellist Camille Thomas was chosen by Musiq'3 - RTBF to represent Belgium at the European Broadcasting Union Competition, where she was awarded the 1st price and named “New Talent of the Year 2014”.
She has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, including the Seventh Antonio Janigro International Competition in Croatia, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Strings Competition, the Edmont Baert Competition and the Léopold Bellan Competition. She just signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon international, becoming the first Belgian artist to sign with the prestigious yellow label.
The season 2017/18 will include the release of her first album for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orchestre de Lille conducted by Alexandre Bloch. She will play the world premiere of Fazil Say's cello concerto, a piece he is writing especially for her, on April 2018 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris conducted by Douglas Boyd. She is also invited to perform with the Bremer Kammerorchester under Paavo Jarvi, Staatsorchester Hambourg in the Elbphilharmonie under Alondra de la Parra, the Lucerne Festival Strings in the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Toulon, the North Czech Philharmonic, the Krakow Philharmonic, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Massy, the Orchestre d'Avignon, the Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège, the Orchestre de Bretagne...
She is a regular guest at leading venues such as the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Jerusalem Music Center and the Berlin Konzerthaus.
She regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre Philarmonique de Baden Baden, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre Philharmonique Slovaque, Orchestre de la Radio Slovaque, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre Lamoureux, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, Orchestre des Nations-Unies, La Baule Symphonic, Junge Sinfonie Berlin etc under the baton of conductors such as Theodor Guschlbauer, Darrell Ang, Faycal Karoui, Jean-Christophe Ferreaux, Pavel Baleff, Kriistina Poska, Debora Waldman, Giedre Slekyte, David Navaro-Turres, Antoine Marguier, Rastislav Stur ou Aziz Shokhakimov...
Her debut album « A Century of Russian Colors » with the pianist Beatrice Berrut for the label Fuga Libera (Outhere) released in May 2013 has been very well received by the international press (Choix de France Musique, 5* Volkskrant and 4* La Libre Belgique, Klara 10 Beste). Her second recording « Réminiscences » dedicated to French music with the pianist Julien Libeer, has been released in the Fall 2016 on the label La Dolce Volta and has been awarded a CHOC Classica among other prices . Her concerts are regularly broadcasted on international radios and TV such as ARD Das erste, BR, Arte, TF1, France Musique, Radio Classique, Espace 2, DR Danemark, Musiq‘3-RTBF, Deutscher Rundfunk etc.
She has been chosen to be one of the « Stars of Tomorrow » by Rolando Villazon for his TV show presented on Arte in March 2016.
Camille studied in Frans Helmerson’s and Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt's class at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, after working with Marcel Bardon and Philippe Muller in Paris and Stephan Forck in Berlin.
She plays an instrument by Ferdinand Gagliano (Napoli, 1788), the "Château Pape-Clément", on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez and a bow by Eugène Sartory kindly on extended loan from the Fondation Roi Baudoin - Fonds Bollandsee.
For more information, please visit www.camillethomas.com.