“Thomas Chartré’s playing is always intelligent and fascinating.”
Mathieu Lussier, Artistic director of Arion Baroque Orchestra
Cellist Thomas Chartré is passionate about his art.
A skilled performer, he has had the privilege of playing as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He was invited numerous times as a soloist with Orchestre de la Francophonie and he performed in Canadian festivals such as Elora Festival and Concerts aux Iles du Bic. While being Vorspieler cellist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra during the season 2017-2018, he had the chance to play Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with 10 000 singers during the Suntory 10 000 Freude, one of the world’s biggest classical music concerts. During the spring of 2019, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall playing Dvorak's Concerto under Joseph Alessi with the New York Sinfonietta.
He has received recognition for his playing on numerous occasions. Accolades and awards he has earned include 1st Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, the loan of the “Gand Père” cello from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank in 2015, and the Sylva-Gelber award. In 2016, he was included in CBC’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30.
Thomas Chartré possesses a rich musical background. He earned a Master of Music from both the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the New England Conservatory, and he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Université de Montréal. He has had the opportunity to learn from illustrious teachers including Michel Strauss, Roland Pidoux, Paul Katz, and Yegor Dyachkov.
Thomas Chartré plays on a Joannes Baptista Ceruti 1815 cello and a Marcel Fétique bow generously loaned by Canimex.
Photo credit : Sasha Onyshchenko and Dario Ortega