Thibault Blanchard-Dubois is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he is working on mixing classical music and experimental-contemporary music through world premiered performances and composition. Thibault started playing the cello at the age of 6 at Besançon Conservatoire of Music in France. He completed his bachelor’s degree with First Class Honour in June 2018 and his master’s degree in July 2020 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen. He has worked with well-known musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Natalie Clein, Yvan Chiffoleau (teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, Roland Pidoux, Erkki Lahesmaa.
Thibault was a recipient of prizes and won awards in many competitions: among them the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal 2019, the first prize at The Leonard Smith & Felicity Young Duo Competition 2019 with pianist Kyle Nash-Baker, the Vivian Prindl Outreach Prize for a Professional Skills Project 2018, the Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cello 2017, first prize at the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition Concerto in 2016, , finalist at The Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings 2016 and 2017, finalist at Baert International Competition in 2016 and 2017 (Brussel, Belgium) and Vatelot-Rampal Competition in Paris (2013).
He is particularly interested in chamber music. He is the cellist of the Effra String Quartet which has been selected to represent Trinity Laban Conservatoire at the final of the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition in April 2020. He is also invited to perform in various chamber music festivals in Belgium (Les Sons Intensifs), Switzerland (Seeklang Concert Serie), France. He is also the cellist of the ‘’Marcello Duo’’ (cello – marimba, duomarcello.com) which is collaborating with Simon Vanneste, a young Belgium composer, in order to expand the repertoire for this ensemble.
Thibault is collaborating with Eliott Delafosse, a young French composer with whom he played the world-premiere of “13/22”, an experimental work for cello solo in response to the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016 and a work for cello and live electronics ‘’Atom’’ which has been premiered in May 2018 in London. Thibault has also composed two pieces inspired by Slovenia: ‘’A tribute to Matju Cop’’ for cello and soundtrack and ‘’Postojna’’ and “Spectrum 21” for cello and live electronics.
Teaching and sharing his passion with the young generation is another side of Thibault’s work. He has been appointed as a cello teacher and music tutor for “Lewisham Music Hub” in March 2018 and is, since 2017, co-leading a summer course (Les Musicales du Haut-Doubs) for musicians in France. While studying at Trinity Laban, he develops a collaboration between the Junior and Senior Trinity departments in order to strengthen the relationships between these two. The 2018 and 2019 CoLab festivals have gathered 15 Junior Trinity students who worked ‘’side-by-side’’ with Senior Trinty students. He was the cello teacher in several music school around Besançon (France), between 2010 and 2014. He was invited as a chamber music teacher in the masterclasses of Frédéric Borsarello in 2017 and 2018 in France. He has also taken part in the writing of a pedagogical method ‘’Les Cahiers du Violoncelle’’ by Frédéric Borsarello in 2014.
Thibault is playing on the precious cello by J.B. Vuillaume dating from 1845 thanks to Paul Monk support.
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