Camille ThomasCello

    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.”

    Camille 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 2017-18 season included the release of her first album for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orchestre de Lille, conducted by Alexandre Bloch.  She played the world premiere of Fazil Say’s Cello Concerto, a piece he wrote especially for her, in April, 2018 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, conducted by Douglas Boyd. She was 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, and the Orchestre de Bretagne.

    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, and Junge Sinfonie Berlin, 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, and Aziz Shokhakimov.

    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.

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