“This cello prodigy belongs in the family of the greatest artists of all time.”
Palm Beach Daily News
“His sound is glorious, his intonation perfect, his phrasing heartfelt. Most importantly, he creates a sound world in which nothing is static — every note leads inexorably to the next, every tone has a purpose.”
“Moreau’s mature tone, lyrical polish and romantic leanings […combines] a gift for mellifluous line with a sparkle and a spirited rhythmic impetus.”
“There were only flashes of the Mediterranean heat and charm of the Symphonie Espagnole, the one piece by Lalo most people know, but the brilliant young soloist Edgar Moreau certainly made the most of them. With his beautiful unforced tone, angelic purity of tuning and impeccable fast finger-work Moreau lightened the self-conscious seriousness of Lalo’s piece and made it seem better than it really is. He is clearly a talent to watch.”
The Millbrook Independent
“The second piece was Franck’s Sonata in A major where Moreau played with a throaty, resonating voice that was milk and honey, beguiling, rich in texture and moving. This is a great piece of music played with wonderful feeling for its varied voices.”
The cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the Prize for the Most Promising Contestant. Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young musician Prize 2013, and named “New Talent of the Year 2013” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” by the French Victoires de la Musique.
He made his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin. He has soloed with the Musica Viva Orchestra in Russia and in Japan (Alexander Rudin, conductor), the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Poland ( Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, the Mariinsky Orchestra in Toulouse (under the baton of Valery Gergiev), the Orchestre National de France at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse (under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev), the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Jean-Claude Casadesus, Conductor), the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, The Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Hong Kong, and his Amsterdam debut at the Cello Biennale.
Moreau is a committed chamber musician and has worked with Talich, Prazak, Modigliani and Ebene Quartet, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frederic Neuburger, and Khatia Buniatishvili. Festival appearances include performances at the Poland’s Easter Festival in Warsaw, Saint-Denis Festival, Radio France Montpellier Festival, Colmar Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes and in Japan, Verbier Festival, Annecy Classic Festival, Lugano Festival (Progetto Martha Argerich), Edinburgh International Festival, Evian Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Mozartfest in Würzburg, Luzern Festival, the Musikverein in Vienna.
He has also given recitals with his pianist – the French Pierre-Yves Hodique – who captured the Prize of the Best Accompanist at the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition- at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) in Berlin, in Brussels, Antwerp, Ferrara, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.
Recent highlights for Moreau include the Orchestre de Paris and Lahav Shani, the Gürzenich Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud Capuçon and Khatia Buniatishvili), the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France (N. Znaider director), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Mikko Franck, director), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Santa Cecilia under Jakub Hrusa, as well as appearances in chamber music at the Kölner Philharmonie, Schubertiades in Schwarzenberg, Ludwigshafen, Verbier Festival, Saint-Denis Festival, the Fazioli Concert Hall Series, among many others.
As a Warner Classics exclusive artist, Moreau’s first album, Play- works for cello and piano, collection of short pieces both virtuosic and lyrical – was released in 2014. His follow-up album, Giovincello, (ECHO Classik 2016) presents 18th-century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. In 2018, he released a duo recital recording with David Kadouch around Franck, Poulenc and Strohl, and future plans include Offenbach and Gulda cello concertos with Les Forces Majeures and Raphaël Merlin.
Born in 1994 in Paris, Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four and the piano at six. From 2008 to 2013 he studied with Professor Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and he currently studies with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. He has taken part in master classes with such eminent cellists as Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrel and David Geringas and has participated in many academies, including the Verbier Festival Academy and Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World Project with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Andras Schiff.
Edgar Moreau plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711.