Meet cellist Edgar Moreau. At 23 years old, he’s already making his name in the classical world as a cello prodigy — and he’s making his debut with the LSO this Sunday.
He’s played the cello since he was a pre-schooler
Edgar Moreau started playing the cello at the age of four – and by the age of 11 had already started performing with orchestras.
In an interview with Le Figaro he remembers the moment when he was inspired to play the cello, whilst in an antiques shop with his father – ‘suddenly, from the back of the store emerged the sound of the cello. There was a little girl who was having a private lesson. I immediately fell in love with the instrument. I was only three and a half years old, but I wouldn’t stop pestering my parents about it.’
He already has an impressive number of prizes under his belt
Edgar has won a number of international prizes – taking Second Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in July 2011 at the age of just 17, claiming the Young Soloist Prize in the 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, and First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He was also named ‘New Talent of the Year 2013’ and ‘Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015’ at the French Victoires de la Musique awards.
Watch him performing as part of the International Tchaikovsky Competition here:
He's recorded three albums
His debut album Play was released March 2014 with pianist Pierre-Yves Hodique, and his follow-up album, Giovincello, was released the following year, exploring 18th-century cello concertos. Just this week he’s released his third recording – Franck, Poulenc & Strohl: Cello Sonatas.
His cello is very special to him
Edgar plays a David Tecchler cello from 1711. When his family became aware of Edgar’s talents at a very young age, they acquired the cello and set it aside until Edgar was 15. His father presented the instrument to him after his success at the Rostropovich competition in Paris in 2009.
‘That is when my dad entrusted me with [the cello], and I still play it,’ He remembers. ‘It is a marvel of marvels.’