Chamber music


The Talents & Violon’celles octet, sponsorJoël Rousseau

8 cellos for a threefold vocation

Cello 8, the octet of Talents & Violon’celles, fulfils a threefold vocation: to allow young talents supported or having been supported by the association to gain concert experience and professional visibility; to promote the extraordinary richness of French violin making to the general public; to increase the notoriety of Talents & Violon’celles in order to attract even more sponsors.

The octet with its multiple polyphonies, halfway between a string quartet and a small string orchestra, is the ideal formation to draw attention to the greatest number of talented young cellists.

The Cello 8 cellists

With and led by Raphaël Pidoux :

  • Albéric Boullenois
  • Rafaèl Arreghini
  • Yanis Boudris
  • Noé Drdak
  • Eliott Leridon
  • Léo Ispir
  • Soni Siecinski


Talents & Violon’celles: generosity and excellence are the lifeblood of the association

Created in 2010 under the impetus of Raphaël Pidoux, with a team led by François-Xavier Anscutter, President, Talents & Violon’celles makes it possible for great instruments to encounter young up-and-coming talents, in a unique and essential way in France.

Great French violin makers make violins, violas and cellos, financed by sponsors: all artistic creations organised by Talents & Violon’celles, which receives them on loan. In addition, private individuals entrust the association with their precious instruments so that they can be played. In twelve years, more than 100 young musicians have been able to continue their progress by playing on these instruments, which are at the height of their talent, on loan from Talents & Violon’celles. Without this support, most of them would not have had access to them because of their price.

At the end of 2022, the Talents & Violon’celles endowment fund managed more than 70 instruments, including 24 commissioned from 17 violin makers. With the help of its formidable sponsors, it supports French violin making and accompanies young instrumentalists through multiple actions, over and above the loan of instruments: international violin making competition (1st edition in 2022), master class with orchestra and… the Cello 8 octet.

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Raphaël Pidoux


Artistic Director and founding Vice-Chairman of Talents & Violon’celles

Raphaël Pidoux has been leading a brilliant international career with the Trio Wanderer since 1988. At the same time, he performs as a soloist or with numerous ensembles. He is professor of cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Raphaël Pidoux plays a cello by Goffredo Cappa (Saluzzo, 1680). The idea of Talents & Violon’celles was born out of his experience as a musician and a teacher.

Raphaël Pidoux : “It is particularly important to support young performers during this delicate period of their artistic life when – between the end of their studies and the beginning of their initiation into in the professional world – they have to prove themselves in competitions or concerts. So, they must be able to rely on an instrument of very high quality.”

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