For a long time, the cello was considered an accompaniment instrument. It was not until Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) that the cello finally gained its title of nobility. Indeed, his 6 Suites for solo cello composed between 1717 and 1723 literally changed the fate of the instrument. From that moment on, the performers had to develop their technique to become true virtuosos like for example Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, the father of Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco. He was well known all over Europe and was keen to train his son carefully. Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco was therefore logically also an internationally respected cellist. He worked for many years as a cellist of course but also as a composer in the most prestigious courts of Europe. By composing his 11 caprices, Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco offered to the following generations a poignant testimony of this period of intense instrumental research. He composed a cycle of original pieces that still allow us today to rediscover the technical possibilities of the instrument as well as its immense dramatic potential. Playing the 11 Capricci of Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco on a G.Grancino of 1679 which has undergone this fantastic evolution... is a strong symbol! An original, virtuoso and creative program that promises a unique evening.
‘Estelle Revaz is a sincere and profound musician, with the gift of great musical curiosity’
Curious: always with an eye to original programmes, her horizons embrace great works of the standard repertoire and extend beyond to new music, as shown by her regular collaboration with contemporary or unknown composers.
Enlightened: as proof a discography hailed by the international press, with programmes that are always the fruit of much thought, juxtaposing tradition and modernity (Bach & Friends), showcasing the music of her Swiss homeland (Cantique, Journey to Geneva) or creating links between di erent composers (Fugato).
Dynamic: charismatically appealing, she is a favourite of audiences and media the world over, clearly demonstrated by appearances on Radio France, Deutschlandfunk, WDR3, as well as Radio Télévision Suisse, RTBF in Belgium, and TV5 Monde in France.
Dedicated: during the pandemic, she has spared no e ort emphasising how essential culture is, and relaying the concerns of those who produce it to decision-making politicians.
Passionate about chamber music, Estelle Revaz regularly performs in numerous countries, throughout Europe, Asia and South America. She is invited to renowned festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Verbier Festival, the ‘Septembre Musical’, the Colmar International Festival and the Pablo Casals Festival, with among other musical partners, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Christian Chamorel, Finghin Collins, Shani Diluka, François-Frédéric Guy, François Killian, Hannes Minnaar, Cédric Pescia, Andrey Baranov, Alexandra Conunova, Lena Neudauer, Pierre Génisson, Ralph Manno and the Quartet Sine Nomine.
After beginning in Switzerland, she pursued her studies in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris (Xavier Gagnepain, Jérôme Pernoo), as well as in Germany, at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Maria Kliegel).
Estelle Revaz plays a cello by G. Grancino (1679) and uses a bow made by J. Eury (1825) generously lent by a Swiss foundation.