“The French cello has its muse, her name is Emmanuelle Bertrand” – Diapason, December 2015.
By her own admission, Emmanuelle Bertrand is not one of those competition beasts who are getting bored with the race for international prizes. And yet … Graduate of the Conservatoires Supérieur de Lyon and Paris, laureate of the Rostropovitch International Competition, First Prize of the Chamber Music Competition of Japan and the Maurice Ravel International Academy, Classical Revelation of the Adami, Grand Prix of Criticism … It is a Victoire de la Musique that revealed it to the general public in 2002 and since then, each of its recordings is hailed as an event by the national and international press which awards him the greatest distinctions: Diapason d’Or of the year , Classica Shock, Gramophnone Music Award, Cannes Classical Award, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik …
Radiant and generous personality, Emmanuelle Bertrand is distinguished by its ability to make accessible and share to the greatest number of choices of audacious repertoire and an insatiable curiosity. She creates and creates works for which she is a dedicatee (B. Cavanna, T. Escaich, P. Amoyel, N. Bacri, E. Canat de Chizy …). She is also dedicated to writing and creating shows such as The Block 15 which tells the true story of musicians whose life was saved by music during the Second World War, or more recently the War Cello as a tribute Maurice Marechal and his makeshift cello made in the trenches of the First World War. These two programs have been adapted for France Television.
In 1999, the composer Henri Dutilleux discovered a talent apart, not hesitating to consider it as a “real revelation”.
As a soloist, she has been heard with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Busan Symphony Orchestra (Korea), the Swedish Musica Vitae Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Symphony Orchestra of Slovenia, the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), the National Orchestras of Lille, Ile de France, Lorraine, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg, Monte Carlo …
Passionate about chamber music, she has been working for 15 years with the pianist Pascal Amoyel, with whom she explores as many new works as there is a great repertoire. Anxious to participate in a form of transmission through his art, but also constantly rethink the mission of the musician in society, Emmanuelle Bertrand devotes part of his time to teaching chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and cello at the Conservatoire de Gennevilliers as well as international masterclasses.
Voted Artist of the Year 2011 by the magazine Diapason and the listeners of France Musique, she is artistic director of the Cello Festival of Beauvais and godmother of the Estival de la Bâtie in the Loire. She is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.