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Anne Gastinel was born in France in October 1971. She took up the cello at the age of four, and at the same time she studied the piano and the oboe. When she was ten she gave her first televised concert with orchestra.
At the age of eleven she entered the Lyons Conservatoire (CNSM). After being awarded her Premier prix in Lyons in 1986, she went on to advanced studies at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM). Her teachers there, Yo-Yo Ma, János Starker and Paul Tortelier, had a profound influence on her personal and musical development and recognised in her the maturity of an exceptional artist.
Immediately after winning several major international prizes (Scheveningen, Prague, Rostropovich) she began to appear all over Europe. At the age of eighteen, she was revealed to the general public when she represented France in the Eurovision Competition in Vienna, which was broadcast throughout Europe.
With great success Anne Gastinel gives concerts at the most prestigious venues like Salle Pleyel in Paris, Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Victoria Hall in Geneva.
Her career has already taken her all over the world, to America and Asia, Africa and Europe, being invited to appear with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors like Kurt Sanderling, Andrey Boreyko, Emmanuel Krivine, Vladimir Spivakov, Michel Plasson, Semyon Bichkov, Pinchas Steinberg, Youri Bashmet, Max Rabinovitsj, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Louis Langré, Michael Schönwandt.
Every one of her new recordings over the past 15 years has been hailed by the international press and showered with awards, among them Most Promising Young Talent 1994, Best Recording of the Year, Discothèque Idéale, fff Télérama, Prix‘Fnac 1995 and 2000, Prix de l'Académie du Disque and the RTL Classique d'Or 1996, 1998 and 2002‚ Choc du Monde de la Musique and ffff Télérama 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 as well as Choc du Monde de la Musique 2008. In 2006 Anne Gastinel won the Victoire de la Musique in the category Soloist of the Year.
Anne Gastinel’s latest album Iberica released in June 2009, has already received the RTL d’Or award.
Faithfully supported by the Fonds Instrumental Français, unanimously recognised as the ambassador of the French cello school, she was chosen in 1997 to play for one year the legendary Matteo Gofriller cello that belonged to Pablo Casals. She now performs her programmes on a Testore instrument of 1690, combining the standard repertoire with regular performances of new works.
Anne Gastinel, professor of cello at the CNSM in Lyon, and honorary patron of the Rencontres de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, continues to delight audiences all over the world with performances that place above all else the joy of personal exchange, which she regards as the very essence of music.
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