Prof. Bruno Cocset (France) 13.10.2021

The Music Academy and the City of Poznań invite you to an open lecture entitled "The Birth of the Cello. Presentation of a collection of copies of early Baroque bass instruments" led by Prof. Bruno Cocset. The lecture will be held on October 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Presidential Hall of the Music Academy of Jan Ignacy Paderewski in Poznań, ul. Św. Marcin 87.

Insatiable musician-researcher, unusual cellist, well-known teacher and founder of Les Basses Réunies, Bruno Cocset gives the baroque cello its own individual voice, fed by the constant search for the perfect synergy of instrumental and musical gesture. This work on sonority and organology, carried out together with violin maker and instrument maker Charles Riché, gave rise to nine instruments, invented, conceived and played for various concert and recording programs.

It was only after his studies at Tours and a period at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon that Bruno Cocset began to play the baroque cello on gut strings, first learning by himself and then working with Christophe Coin (he was the first Coin's graduate). in Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris in 1986). He also attended master classes with cellist Anner Bijlsm and violinist Jaap Schröder. He then spent twenty years as a "nomadic cellist", a period rich in musical encounters and experiences with the most ardent masters of the Baroque scene. His most common home bases in those days were Gérard Lesne's Il Seminario Musicale and Jordi Savall's Le Concert des Nations and Hespèrion XX-XXI. In 1996 he founded Les Basses Réunies and recorded Vivaldi's cello sonatas (winners of Premio Vivaldi from Fondazione Giorgio Cini), the first release in the extensive discography of Alpha.

Bruno Cocset is regularly invited to play in France and the rest of Europe, Quebec and Russia, and spends a lot of time broadcasting: since 2001 he has been teaching at CNS MD in Paris and at Haute École de Musique in Geneva since September 2005, and since 2002 until 2013 he also lectured at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, where he created the historical cello class. In 2011, he founded the Vannes Early Music Institute (Brittany), which mainly includes the European Academy of Early Music, an instrumental workshop and a resource center dedicated to repertoires from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

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