“A graduate of Yale University and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, François Salque began winning prizes in the leading international competitions (Geneva, Tchaikovsky, Munich, Rostropovich, Leonard Rose) at a very early age. ‘The sensitivity and nobility of his playing’ combined with ‘exceptional charisma and virtuosity’ (Pierre Boulez) enabled him to win no fewer than ten first prizes and the same number of special prizes.
His concert career has already taken him to more than seventy countries, and his solo and chamber recordings in the company of Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Éric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud have been widely acclaimed by the press (Diapason d’Or of the Year, Choc du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Répertoire, Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Victoire de la Musique, BBC Music Magazine Choice etc.).
François Salque also made seven well-reviewed discs with the Quatuor Ysaÿe, whose cellist he was for five years. His commitment to the music of our time has earned him many dedications from contemporary composers, among them Thierry Escaich, Karol Beffa, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Nicolas Bacri, Jean-François Zygel, Jean- Frédéric Neuburger, Kryštof Mařatka and Bruno Mantovani.
He has also devised numerous creative programmes combining contemporary inspirations and traditional music, and has recorded two extremely original duo albums with the jazz accordionist Vincent Peirani.
His profound musicality, his technical qualities and his eclecticism have made him a key personality in the world of music.
François Salque teaches the cello at the Haute École de musique de Lausanne and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire.”