Christian-Pierre LA MARCA - Violoncelle
« Young cellist in ascension » (Diapason), Christian-Pierre La Marca is playing an extensive and challenging repertoire and is described as « a young man who already ranks among the masters of the cello » (La Croix).
Christian-Pierre began playing the cello in Aix-en-Provence before studying in Paris with Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Muller. He continued his education with Frans Helmerson in Cologne, Steven Isserlis in London and alongside attended masterclasses by Mstislav Rostropovich, Heinrich Schiff, Anner Bylsma or Gary Hoffman. Christian-Pierre is encouraged by a circle of prolific artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Thomas Quasthoff, Leif Ove Ansdsnes, Maria Joao Pires, Artemis Quartet or Seiji Ozawa.
Christian-Pierre has performed across the world: Paris (Louvre, Orsay, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Châtelet), Londres (Southbank Center), Bruxelles (Bozar, Flagey), Vienna (Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin (Philharmonie), Hamburg (Laeizshalle), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Schwarzenberg (Kaufmann Hall), Genève (Victoria Hall), Monaco (Opéra Garnier), Venice (La Fenice), Saint- Petersburg (Mariinsky Concert Hall), Moscow (Conservatory), New York (92nd), Delhi (Imperial), Osaka (Izumi Hall), Tokyo (Oiji Hall), Melbourne (Arts Center) and Sydney (Angel Place).
He has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Les Siècles, Orchestre de Mulhouse, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Wiener Concert-Verein, Sinfonia Varsovia, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak National Radio Orchestra, Malaga Philharmonic, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, barock ensembles Les Ambassadeurs and Il Giardino Armonico under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, Emmanuel Krivine, Augustin Dumay, Pascal Rophé, Gérard Korsten, Christopher Warren-Green, Antoni Ros-Marba, Clemens Schuldt, Giovani Antonini or Alexis Kossenko.
Highly sought after in chamber music, Christian-Pierre plays with Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Lawrence Power, Edgar Moreau, Michel Portal, Romain Guyot, Thierry Escaich, Lise de la Salle, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Adam Laloum, Cédric Tiberghien, Jean-Marc Luisada, Eric Le Sage, Philippe Cassard, David Kadouch, Jean Rondeau, Modigliani, Carducci, Hermès Quartets and singers Philippe Jaroussky, Bernarda Fink, Julie Fuchs, Karine Deshayes, Isabelle Druet, Patricia Petibon at major festivals (Verbier, Ravinia, Santander, Bad Kissingen, Meklenburg Vorpommern, Trondheim, Oxford, Printemps des Arts in Monaco, Pablo Casals, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay, Auvers-sur-Oise, La Folle Journée in Nantes, Saintes, Montpellier, Menton...). Christian-Pierre is a founding member of the renowned Trio Dali, very active on the international scene, and actively promotes contemporary music collbarotating with composers including Peteris Vasks, Gyorgy Kurtag, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Hersant, Olivier Greif, Jean-Louis Florentz or Nicolas Bacri.
An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, his discography includes the complete Bach Cello Suites, unanimously praised by international press (« there is [...] a sovereign sense of balance, a kind of natural classicism which makes pointless any quarrel of style And all this at 29, in the cellists’s Bible ! » Le Figaro) and L'Heure Exquise, a tribute to the French melody. His new album (2016), Cantus, offers a reinterpretation of the sacred repertoire, cleverly comprising original works and transcriptions from pieces by Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Fauré or Barber, with Les Ambassadeurs under Alexis Kossenko and Thierry Escaich, Adrien La Marca, Philippe Jaroussky, Patricia Petibon. His recordings with the Trio Dali have all been acclaimed by critics. The latest, devoted to Mendelssohn trios, recently received a « CHOC » Classica ("We stay in admiration in front of the supreme elegance of their playing, powerful and non grandiloquent").
Christian-Pierre curates with his brother Adrien La Marca the Artistic Direction of « Les Musicales de Pommiers » festival.
He plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello from 1856.