Marc Coppey

Cellist

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Marc Coppey is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists. He first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed. He performs regularly as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors – Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.

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Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with Lawrence Foster

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Bach Cello Suites

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Haydn Cello Concerto

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Dvořák: Silent Woods

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Kodaly Solo Cello Sonata Op. 8

Biography

Recognised for his celebrated interpretations as soloist, his extensive exploration of chamber music with some of the finest musicians today, and a dedication to widening the cello literature, Marc Coppey is considered to be one of the world’s leading cellists – in addition, now with a growing reputation as a fine conductor on the international podium.

A protégé of Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich, Coppey first shot to international acclaim at the age of 18, winning First Prize and ‘Prize for the Best Bach Performance’ at the prestigious Leipzig Bach Competition (1988).  Soon thereafter, he made major debuts in Paris and Moscow in collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova (captured on film by the celebrated director Bruno Monsaingeon), and performed at the Evian Festival by personal invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich.  Since then, Coppey has carved out an impressive solo career to date, working regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors – including, amongst others, Alain Altinoglu, Lionel Bringuier, Lawrence Foster, Alan Gilbert, Kirill Karabits, Emmanuel Krivine, John Nelson, Pascal Rophé, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Yutaka Sado.  He was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Cultural Ministry in 2014.

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The 2020/2021 season marks Coppey’s first year as Artist-in-Residence with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, performing Dutilleux (with John Storgårds), Dvořák (with Vassily Sinaisky), and Elgar (with Michael Sanderling), alongside Rhim (with Peter Rundel) and Shostakovich No.1 (with Stefan Blunier).  Other recent and forthcoming highlights include performing as soloist with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Lio Kuokman, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France/Kazushi Ono, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/John Nelson, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster.  As conductor, Coppey collaborates with the Deutsche Kammerakademie and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, amongst other leading ensembles, and serves as Music Director of the Zagreb Soloists (2011-present).

Marc Coppey is a passionate chamber musician, and former member of the Ysaÿe Quartet (1995-2000).  He now serves  as Artistic Director of the annual Festival Les Musicales de Colmar.  Coppey collaborates regularly with such luminary pianists as Nelson Goerner, Stephen Kovacevich, Kun-Woo Paik, and Maria-João Pires, leading string players including Ilya Gringolts, Vadim Gluzman, Viktoria Mullova, Alina Pogostikina, and Lawrence Power, and the internationally acclaimed flautist Emmanuel Pahud.  Coppey’s regular sonata partner is esteemed Russian pianist Peter Laul.

The breadth of Coppey’s repertoire is testament to his profound musical curiosity: alongside mainstream cello literature, he is a champion of lesser-known and contemporary works.  He has given the world premieres of cello concerti by such celebrated composers as Jacques Lenot, Marc Monnet, Eric Tanguy, and the French premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Mantovani, and Erkki-Sven Tüür.  Amongst those composers to have dedicated works to Coppey are such leading voices as Lera Auerbach, Christophe Bertrand, Hugues Dufourt, Frédéric Durieux, Ivan Fedele, Philippe Fénelon, Philippe Hurel, Michael Jarrell, Betsy Jolas, Frank Krawczyk, Philippe Leroux, François Meïmoun, Brice Pauset, Enno Poppe, Thierry Pécou, Michèle Reverdy, Johannes Maria Staud, and  Frédéric Verrières

Coppey currently records for Audite.  Recent releases include the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven (with pianist Peter Laul), cello concerti by CPE Bach and Haydn (with the Zagreb Soloists), and works for cello and orchestra by Bloch and Dvorak (with DSO Berlin/Kirill Karabits).  His next release on the label is the Shostakovich cello concerti, recorded live in concert with Polish Radio Symphony/Lawrence Foster, and streamed worldwide by Medici.tv.  Coppey’s recordings have received exaltant critical acclaim, including a Diapason d’Or and “Choc” in the Monde de la Musique for his recording of the Dutilleux Cello Concerto (with Orchestre Philharmonie de Liège/Pascal Rophé), and the highly sought after “ffff” from Télérama, amongst other awards.  Coppey has also recorded extensively for the Accord/Universal, Aeon/Outhere, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, K617, Mirare, and Naïve record labels.  In the streaming sphere, Coppey’s performances can be found on both Arte.tv and Medici.tv.

Passionate about inspiring future generations of musicians, Coppey is a Professor at the Conservatore National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and is regularly invited to give masterclasses across Europe, Asia, and both North & South America.  Since October 2020, he is the Artistic Director of the Saline Royale Academy d’Arc-et-Senans: a state-of-the-art new music education facility in France.

Marc Coppey performs on a cello by Matteo Gofriller (Venice, 1711), known as the ‘Van Wilgenburg’, and resides in Paris.

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Reviews

“A sensual and full-blown sound – Marc Coppey is rightly part of the great tradition of French cellists.”
Télérama

Gilles Macassar

“From the very onset, it was clear that there was focused direction – rarely do you see such skilful dialogue between conductor and orchestra. The applause was not just for the Deutsche-Kammerakademie, but also for a conductor who broke new ground with bravado and spirit.” O-Ton

Michael S. Zerban

“Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.” Télérama

Gilles Macassar

“Coppey’s rendition of the Franck, particularly the “Recitativo-Fantasia” movement, was the stuff of dreams: perfect cello playing and a sense of bardic poetry, making all the emotions real and alive.” The Washington Post

Robert Battey (Concert at Phillips Collection, Washington)

Discography

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Dvořák: Cello Concerto & Klid - Bloch: Schelomo

Released 2017 on audite

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Haydn & C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos

Released 2016 on audite

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Théodore Dubois

Released 2011 on Mirare

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Schubert: Arpeggione / Sonatina / Trio No. 1

Released 2010 on Aeon

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Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain, Trois Strophes - Caplet: Epiphanie

Released 2008 on Aeon

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Bach: The Six Cello Suites

Released 2007 on Aeon

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Russian Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Released 2006 on Aeon

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Dohnanyi: Serenade & Sonatas

Released 2006 on Aeon