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Jean-Guihen Queyras is a French cellist who specializes in the solo repertoire. After spending his childhood in Canada and Algeria, Queyras and his family moved to France, where he took up early music lessons.
He pursued advanced studies at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg and the Mannes College of Music in New York. He received the 2002 City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in music, which was awarded to him by Pierre Boulez and the Glenn Gould Foundation. He became a regular performer with Ensemble InterContemporain, under Boulez's direction, and from that experience Queyras developed an avid interest in playing avant-garde and contemporary music. Even so, he firmly established a reputation for playing the six unaccompanied Cello Suites of Bach, and he has also regularly performed cello concertos with major orchestras around the world, including the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Queyras is an avid chamber musician, performing with the Arcanto String Quartet, and appearing in recital with flutist Emmanuel Pahud, violinist Isabelle Faust, and pianists Alexander Melnikov and Alexandre Tharaud. Queyras is a professor at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, as well as an artistic director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, a summer music festival. He plays a 1696 cello by Gioffredo Cappa.