Yann Levionnois

Winner of the Navarra, Rostropovich and Queen Elisabeth competitions, Yan Levionnois stands out for his inquisitive mind which leads him to diversify his artistic experiences. Immersed in a musical environment from an early age, he began playing the cello with his father before going on to study in Paris with Philippe Muller, in Oslo with Truls Mørk and at the Juilliard School in New York with Timothy Eddy. His career quickly led him to meet artists from all horizons. Since 2016, his enthusiastic complicity with the pianist Guillaume Bellom leads them to play often in recital. In 2019, he became a member of the Hermes Quartet, exploring within this ensemble the richness of an inexhaustible repertoire.
Equally at ease in the concerto repertoire, he has performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, under conductors such as Heinrich Schiff, Daniele Gatti and Dimitry Sitkovetsky. These various experiences have enriched his discography, which already includes some twenty works. Fascinated by the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, he conceived “Illuminations”, a show mixing the poems of the eponymous collection with Britten’s Suites for solo cello, in which he plays the role of narrator himself.
He had the chance to participate in the creation of his cello, made by Patrick Robin, and plays a bow made for him by Yannick Le Canu. Since 2016 he has been an associate artist of the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.

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