Charles-Antoine Archambault was born in 1986 in St. Quentin, France, and was given 2019 the German citizenship. He began to study the cello aged five. In 1999, he joined the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris to study with Marcel Bardon, succesor of André Navarra; he completed his bachelor studies with distinction in 2006. He then began his masters with Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, completing with a master degree of distinction and with the top mark of 1,0 in 2010. At this point his training specialised into two different areas: he studied for a Masters degree in music education and a Soloist-Diploma at the Musikhochschule Lübeck under Troels Svane at the same time as studying baroque cello at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis Basel with Christophe Coin. He joined 2015 the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt and Prof. Kristin von der Goltz to study a Soloist-Diploma for baroque cello. Archambault has supplemented his training with masterclasses from Antonio Meneses, Jens-Peter Maintz, Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, Gary Hoffmann, Anner Bylsma, Thomas Demega, Wolfgang Boettcher, Rohan de Saram, Vladimir Perline, Francois Salque and Conradin Brotbek.
Since 1999 this young cellist has won many prestigious prizes, including first prize in the U.F.A.M.-Competition in Paris, the International J&A Beare Solo Bach Competition 2009 in London, the International Beethoven Competition 2010 in Hradec-nad-Moravici (Czech Republic), and the Possehl Musikpreis 2011 in Lübeck. In May 2013 he won first prize and the prize for best presentation in the cello competition Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort, presented by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft (the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) in Hannover. This prize is recognised as one of the most important to be won by young talented musicians in Germany. Together with this competition success, Archambault plays a great number of concerts, including world premiere of a solo piece by Isabel Mundry.
In 2015 he was awarded the second prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a Serbian work at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. The same year, he also received the Prix “Young Artist of the Year” given by the Gabler Stiftung at the Festival der Nationen.
As a soloist, Archambault has played as a soloist with the RadioPhilharmonie des NDR Hannover, the BR Rundfunkorchester, the Funkhausorchester des WDR Cologne, the RTS Serbian Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Nordic Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), the Academy of Taiwan Strings, the Landesorchester Schleswig-Holstein, the Südwestdeutschen Kammerorchester Pforzheim; and has played with conductors like Ludovic Morlot, Christoph Alstaedt, Jessica Cottis, Rostislav Hališka, Sergio Alapont, Mischa Damev, Bojan Sudjic, Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, Christoph Prick, Christian Voß, Georg Mais.
He is regularly a guest at festivals and concert series, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Prager Spring Festival, the Heidelberger-Frühling, the Festival der Nationen, at Winners & Masters at the Philharmonie Gasteig in Münich, Stadtcasino in Basel (Switzerland), the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kolarac Concerthall Beograd, Sommerserenade at the Kloster Bronnbach, the Ammerseerenade Münich, the Otzberger Sommerkonzerten, the Appen Classics Hamburg, the Fränkischen Musiktagen Alzenau, the Stode Musikvecka (Sweden), the Ulster Hall, and the Heikendorfer Rathauskonzerten. Archambault’s cello playing is also regularly broadcast on radio, most notably on NDR (Start Junge Künstler Live), SWR (Mittagskonzerte), BR, HR and WDR German Radios, the BBC, the Swedish radio SR, and on the Czech National Radio (čRo).
His first album “Le corps des Cordes” has been in March 2015 released by the Label Oehms-Classics. Recorded by the NDR Hannover, the CD ist joining compositions by Diego Ortiz, Isabel Mundry, Johann Sebastian Bach and Francis Poulenc.
Charles-Antoine Archambault has been the first Solo-Cellist from the German Radio Orchestra WDR Cologne from 2015 till 2017, and from the Ulster Orchestra from 2019 till 2021. He collaborates as a Solo-Cellist under many European orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Opera House Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Brêmen, the Brêmer Philharmoniker, the Hamburger Symfoniker, etc. He is currently the Principal Cellist of the Orquestra Símfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya OBC.
As a chamber musician this French cellist has collaborated with Paul Meyer, Eric le Sage, Jean-Guihen Queyras (Quatuor Arcanto), Heime Müller (Artemis Quartett), Sabine Meyer, Kirill Gerstein, Igor Levit, Veronika Eberle, Torleif Thedéen, Marc Bouchkov, Peter Buck (Melos Quartett), the Voglerquartett, the Quatuor Ysäye. He partners regularly with Martin Klett, with whom he founded the Duo Ballabile, Sebastian Manz, Paolo Mendes, Jürgen Franz and Roland Gassl (Mandelring Quartett).
Archambault has a teaching position at the Conservatori Liceu Barcelona for violoncello and chamber music. He is regularly invited Masterclasses.
Archambault plays a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (dated 1865) and a five-stringed Italian Baroque cello from the eighteenth Century.
[Photo by Renaud Cambuzat]
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