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Christian-Pierre La Marca

Cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca was a fixture on the international concert and chamber music scenes even before signing to the Sony Classical label. He has cultivated expertise in both orchestral and chamber music and in mainstream repertory and historical performance. La Marca was born in Nice, France, in 1983. He took cello lessons in Aix-en-Provence and then moved to Paris. His teachers were largely private ones: Jean-Marie Gamard and Philippe Muller in Paris, Frans Helmerson in Cologne, and Steven Isserlis in London augmented by master classes with such figures as Mstislav Rostropovich and Heinrich Schiff. La Marca also received encouragement and mentorship from Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, Maria-João Pires, and others. Their intuition and support bore fruit as La Marca began to make appearances at many of the world's top concert halls, including the Louvre and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Southbank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Signed to Sony Classical, La Marca released L'heure exquise, a recital of French songs arranged for cello and piano, with pianist Amandine Savary in 2011. Major orchestras with which he has appeared as a soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and the Brussels Philharmonic, as well as the early-music Sinfonia Varsovia and Il Giardino Armonico. As a co-founder and member of Trio Dali, he has championed the music of contemporary composers such as Pēteris Vasks and György Kurtág. Cultivating an unusual Bohemian image, La Marca continued to record for Sony Classical, and in 2018, he and pianist Lise de la Salle issued the recital Paris-Moscou. In 2020, he moved to the Naïve label and released the solo cello album Cello 360. In 2021, he issued the recital Wonderful World on Naïve, and he returned the following year with the album Legacy, joined by the chamber orchestra Le Concert de la Loge under the baton of Julien Chauvin. La Marca plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello from 1856 with an 1825 Jacob Eury bow.
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