Cyrille Lacrouts, principal solo cellist at the Paris National Opera Orchestra, was born in a musical family, and started studying the cello at age six with Erwan Fauré. He was admitted to the Paris National Conservatoire where he studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue, as well as cello and chamber music with professors Jean-Marie Gamard and Roland Pidoux. After having earned several First prises at the Conservatoire, he went on to study with Natalia Chakovskaya in Moscow. He also took part in masterclasses with such recognized masters as William Pleeth and Wolfgang Boettcher, the Principal solo cello at the Berlin Philharmonic.
Cyrille Lacrouts played Kol Nidrei from Max Bruch with the Alma Chamber Orchestra on November 27th 2013 in Tel-Aviv, in Israel.
A passionate operatic and symphonic repertoire lover, he joined the Paris National Opera orchestra when he was but 20 years old, and two years later he was appointed as Principal solo cellist. This position led him to work under such renowed conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gerghiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and George Prêtre. As solo cellist, he was invited to play with the Orchestre National de France under Riccardo Muti and Kurt Masur. He was also invited by the London Symphony Orchestra with which he played at the London Barbican and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Among other solo parts, he performed Strauss’ Don Quichotte and Haydn’s Concertante Symphony under Seiji Ozawa in 2009, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in 2010 in Italy.
His repertoire extends to chamber music ; among his partners are his brother Eric, Sarah Nemtanu, Lise Bertrhaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Cédric Tiberghien. Furthermore, he is a dedicated teacher and has been appointed Assistant professor to Jérome Pernoo at the Paris National Conservatoire.
Cyrille Lacrouts plays a cello crafted in 1863 by Jean-Baptiste