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Gareth Farr | Edward Elgar

Throughout the process of shaping and rediscovering the concertos of Farr and Elgar, my performances became imbued with a duty of remembering and a unique approach that allowed me to mirror these two concertos.

The styles of the two works are very different, but there are similarities in their musical forms: they start and end with an emblematic theme and feel like ritual works – almost requiems. They are universal in scope and rooted in personal dramas connected to the First World War. Elgar was deeply affected by the slaughter in the trenches – at night he could hear the shelling from France from his house in Fittleworth, West Sussex – and may have been thinking of the death in battle of his ex-fiancée Helen Weaver’s son when he started work on the concerto. He completed it in 1919, when the Spanish flu continued to claim many young people’s lives. It was to be his final large-scale work.

Gareth Farr composed his concerto in memory of his three great-granduncles who were all killed in the Great War. Farr completed his concerto two days before the birth of my daughter Stella, in March 2017, and gave me an incredible gift by incorporating the name S.T.E.L.L.A. (E flat–B–E–A–A–A) into the final cadence, which symbolically represents HOPE.

At 100 years apart these two concertos are the testimony of the tragic years 1914–1918. But where there is life, hope is always reborn.

"The concerto was movingly conveyed by the persistent passion and poetry of soloist Sebastien Hurtaud."

About

The French concert cellist Sébastien Hurtaud was born in La Rochelle, France. Influenced by his family consisting of artists and skippers, the focus of Sébastien’s career has been on classical music and traveling around the world to discover new cultures and new composers, and to imbuing his interpretation of cello works from past centuries with this knowledge and experiences.

His new album dedicated to Elgar and Gareth Farr concertos with UK Rubicon Classics mirrors his artistic musical journey and has been recorded under the direction of Australian conductor Benjamin Northey and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. After numerous radio and press magazine appearances in France, UK, New Zealand, RTVE, USA Luxembourg, Sebastien has received many rave reviews with 5 stars in BBC Magazine, 5 stars in Musical opinion to name a few. The famous French critic Jean-Charles Hoffelé writes:

Sébastien Hurtaud grasps the work with a full bow, as André Navarra once did, a great sound that says as much as it sings. The admirable sound, ample, deep, will seek with his playing that suspends time before the flight of the Allegro molto, an embracing eloquence[…]

A pupil of legendary Russian/Armenian Cellist Karine Georgian Sebastien Hurtaud first garnered international attention in 2009, after winning the “Adam” International Cello Competition, established by Alexander Ivashkin. Since then, Sébastien has developed a career as a soloist in Europe, New Zealand and the USA, as well as his native France, as a live and recording artist.

Last seasons, Hurtaud performed the Offenbach’s virtuosic cello concerto, conducted by Philippe Hui and Sergio Alapont with the National orchestra of Bretagne, the Dvorak cello concerto with Metz National Orchestra, the Gareth Farr cello concerto with the New-Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton Hamish Mckeith. Sébastien debut performance in Poland featured him playing “Don Quichotte” by Richard Strauss with the Picardie and Silesian Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Arie Van Beek. Hurtaud performed Elgar cello concerto and Massenet’s Elegie with the French Republican Guard Orchestra conducted jointly by François Boulanger and Daniel Linton-France.

Hurtaud’s vast concert repertoire includes European, Russian, North and South American music. Sébastien was influenced by French composer, Claude Bolling, with whom he played the cross-over suite for cello and jazz trio. Sébastien is interested in a variety of styles and does not hesitate to play Classical music with jazz influences, like Kapustin’s second cello concerto, the cello suite and jazz trio by Claude Bolling and the concerto by Friedrich Gulda for wind orchestra and cello. He played the latter with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Leos Swarovski. As a strong advocate of “new music”, he has commissioned or performed new music by international composers, such as Lucas Debargues, Youli Galperine, Jonathan Grimbert-Barré, Thomas Schwan, José Elizondo, Grégoire Igert and Gareth Farr.

"The Soul of a Rostropovish, the Virtuosity of a Feuermann"

Concerts

  1. Festival ISO at Malta
    Mendelssohn, Hindemith Cello sonata
    Bartok: Folk dance, Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Teatro Manoel, Valleta
  2. Nocturne de l'Aude
    Recital Cello & Piano Beethoven Sonatas
    With Pieter-Jelle Deboer, Piano
    Paris, France
  3. One Man Cello
    Palais des Congrès, Lyon, France
    CANCELED
  4. Academie du Grand Nancy
    Master-class & recital
    Vincennes, France
    More Information
  5. Nocturne de l'Aude
    Recital Cello & Piano Beethoven Sonatas
    With Pieter-Jelle Deboer, Piano
    Paris, France
    Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  6. Alfredo de St Malo Festival
    Recital Cello & Organ
    Panama City, Panama
    Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  7. Pandemic concert
    World Premiere of the new cello & piano piece composed by Scott Ordway
    Youtube/Instagram video
    From Paris and Philadelphia live broadcast
  8. New Album released
    Sebastien Hurtaud New Album Elgar/Farr cello concertos released by Rubicon classics With Ben Northey, Conductor,
    NZSO,
    Label Rubicon Classics

    Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  9. Festival ISO at Malta
    Recital All Beethoven cello sonatas
    With Pieter-Jelle Deboer, Piano
    Teatro Manoel, Valleta
  10. Video "Making Of" of the disc Elgar/Farr
    Interviews/recital filmed
    Hôtel Renaissance, Paris, France
  11. "One Man cello"
    Solo recital
    Monfort-Lamaury, France
  12. "Tribute ceremony" to David Kessler
    Solo Cello
    Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, France
    More Information
  13. Festival de Calonge
    Trio recital
    Calonge, Spain
    More Information
  14. Philarmonie de La Rochelle
    Recital Cello & Piano With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Temple Protestant, La Rochelle, France
    More Information
  15. USA Tour
    With the Southern Minnesota Symphonic Orchestra,
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
  16. OffenBach Concerto
    With the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne,
    Sergio Alapont, Conductor
    Eglise Saint-André, Ploemel, France
  17. Rencontre Musicale d’Enghiens
    With Olivier Roberti,
    Liana Gourdjia
    Enghiens, Belgium
  18. Festival Offenbach d'Etretat
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Eglise Notre-Dame d'Etretat, Etretat, France
  19. Opus 74
    Master-class & Concerts
    Flaine, France
    More Information
  20. Récital Violoncelle/Piano
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Australian Embassy, Paris, France
  21. Duo violoncelles
    With Alexandre Lacour, Cello
    Eglise Ste Cécile d'Acquigny, France
  22. Les musicales de Redon
    Offenbach Concerto
    With the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne,
    Sergio Alapont, Conductor
    Théâtre du Pays de Redon, Redon, France
  23. Interview in a radio show
    RCF Lyon, Bicentenaire d'Offenbach
    Lyon, France
    Listen
  24. Violin/cello recital
    Théâtre Anita Villalaz, Panama City, Panama
  25. Festival "Alfredo de Panama"
    Pour célébrer les 500 ans du Panama
    Panama City, Panama
  26. Cello/piano Recital
    Conservatoire Supérieur National d’Athènes, Greece
  27. Concert violoncelle Solo
    Organisé par le Lion’s Club d’Albert
    Eglise d'Albert, Hauts-de-France, France
  28. Concertos Record
    Concertos pour violoncelle de Sir Edward Elgar et Gareth Farr
    With Orchestre National de Nouvelle Zélande,
    Benjamen Northey, Conductor
    Label Rubicon classic
    Wellington, New Zealand
  29. Les rencontres Musicales de Saint Ulrich
    Trio de Rachmaninoff n°2
    Trio Archiduc de Beethoven
    With Lana Trovtosek, Violon,
    Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Sarrebourg, France
  30. Jacques Offenbach Concerto
    With the « Philharmonies des deux Mondes » Orchestra,
    Philippe Hui, Conductor
    Eglise St Guénolé, St Nazaire, France
  31. Jacques Offenbach Concerto
    With the « Philharmonies des deux Mondes » Orchestra,
    Philippe Hui, Conductor
    Théâtre des Petits Moulins, St Nazaire, France
  32. Jacques Offenbach Concerto
    With the « Philharmonies des deux Mondes » Orchestra,
    Philippe Hui, Conductor
    Eglise de Trescalan, St Nazaire, France
  33. Concert tour
    Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
    With the Filharmonica Slaska,
    the Picardie Symphonic Orchestra,
    Arie van Beek, Conductor,
    Léa Hennino, Viola
    Soissons, France
  34. Concert tour
    Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
    With the Filharmonica Slaska,
    the Picardie Symphonic Orchestra,
    Arie van Beek, Conductor,
    Léa Hennino, Viola
    Amiens, France
  35. Concert tour
    Richard Strauss, Don Quixote
    With the Filharmonica Slaska,
    the Picardie Symphonic Orchestra,
    Arie van Beek, Conductor,
    Léa Hennino, Viola
    Katowice, Poland
  36. Private Concert
    Cello and Chamber Music
    Institut Culturel Mexicain, Roma, Italy
  37. Master-Class
    Cello and Chamber Music
    Conservatoire de musique, La Rochelle, France
  38. Master-Class & Concert
    Panama City, Panama
  39. Concert
    Funsicopa orchestre de chambre
    Oeuvre de Boccherini, Servais, Schubert, Elizondo, Igert
    Victor Mata, Conductor
    Musée du Canal du Panama, Panama City, Panama
  40. Jacques Offenbach Concerto
    With the « Philharmonies des deux Mondes » Orchestra,
    Philippe Hui, Conductor
    Théâtre Jean-Bart, St Nazaire, France
  41. Enregistrement Vidéo du projet « Mémoire de Paix »
    Alexis Pautler, Director
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Australian Embassy, Paris, France
  42. Séance d’enregistrement
    Pièce Latines pour violoncelle et piano
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Studio 7ème ciel, Paris, France
  43. Radio - Le Grand Atelier de Vincent Josse
    Interview et duo pour violoncelle et piano de la pièce « l’Aube de l’Espérance » de Jose Elizondo
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano,
  44. Hommage à Daria Hovora
    Quintette de Brahms
    With Adam Laloum,
    Gerard Caussé
    Conservatoire National supérieur de Musique, Paris, France
  45. WW1 Commemoration Concert
    E. Elgar "Cello Concerto" & Gareth Farr "Concerto Chemin des Dames"
    With "Garde Républicaine" Symphonic Orchestra,
    Colonel Boulanger, Conductor,
    Daniel Linton, Conductor,
    Cathédrale des Invalides, Paris, France
    More Information
  46. Chamber Music concert
    With Lana Trotovsek, Violin,
    Slovenia
  47. Chamber Music concert
    With Elsa Grether, Violin,
    Hamburg, Germany
  48. Gyzi/Megaron Festival
    With Magda Nikolaïdou, Piano
    Santorini, Greece
    More Information
  49. JS Bach All cello Suite
    Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque, Paris, France
    More Information
  50. JS Bach All cello Suite
    Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque, Paris, France
    More Information
  51. JS Bach All cello Suite
    Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque, Paris, France
    More Information
  52. Opus 74
    Master-class
    Flaine, France
    More Information
  53. Festival Rencontres Musicales de Saint Ulrich
    Dvorak Concerto
    With the Lorraine Orchestra
    Sarrebourg, France
    More Information
  54. Festival Nancyphonie
    Dvorak Concerto
    With the Lorraine Orchestra
    Nancy, France
    More Information
  55. Fado for Cello and Piano
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Salle Colonne, Paris, France
    More Information
  56. Festival « Alfredo de St Malo »
    Cello/Piano Recital
    With Ricardo Noriega, Piano
    Panama National Library at 3.00 pm
    More Information
  57. Festival « Alfredo de St Malo »
    Master-Class & Concert
    With Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Panama
    More Information
  58. Elgar cello concerto
    Rehearsal behind closed doors,
    With the Oise Philharmonic Orchestra,
    Thierry Pellicant, Conductor
  59. Festival Musique à La Ferme
    Schubert Trio
    With Elsa Grether, Violin,
    Paméla Hurtado, Piano
    Lançon de Provence, France
    More Information
  60. JS Bach All cello Suite
    Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque, Paris, France
    More Information
  61. JS Bach All cello Suite
    Église Saint-Éphrem-le-Syriaque, Paris, France
    More Information
  62. Concert consacré aux musiques de Youli Galperine
    With Sergeï Nakariakov, Trumpet,
    Paméla Hurtado, Piano,
    Alexandre Brussilovsky, Violin
    Cathédrale Sainte Trinité, 1 quai Branly, 75017 Paris, France
  63. Duo pour violoncelles d’Offenbach
    With Alexandre Lacour, Cello
    Eglise St Martin de Chevreuse, France
  64. Solo Cello Concerto
    Bach, Cassado, Ligeti, Sollima
    Eglise Sainte Cécile d'Acquigny, France
    More Information
  65. Solo Cello Concerto
    Bach&Friends
    Master-Class de violoncelle du conservatoire de La Rochelle
    La Rochelle, France

Music Education

Most of the time I am invited during my concert tours to give some masterclasses to young professional musicians whom I subsequently support by giving them regular lessons online.

Transmitting music through live or online music lessons has become a real passion and I am building since few month my international online class. To name a few I’m supporting some Chinese, American, Venezuelan, Dutch and French cello students to present the Juillard School , Yale University, Oberlin College, Lyon National Conservatory but also some orchestral auditions. Recently a duet cello and piano with whom I worked, entered in the chamber music class at the National Superior Conservatoire of music at Lyon.
I realized that today, countless videos exist on the Internet to promote self-taught music learning in the form of tutorials, but which ultimately leave the learner totally alone. Nothing beats a real musical exchange, even online.

Do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to meet you!


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"Sebastien is a cellist to watch because he has his own style of performance, a high level of imagination, and a combinaison of elegance and drive"

Media

Listen the playlist which contains some Hurtaud's records, or enjoy a selection of his best photos and videos.


World premiere of the Gareth Farr cello concerto

Concert Invalides 2018

Dvorak Cello Concerto

Richard Strauss op.35 Don Quichotte Katowice Var. V

Gulda Cello concerto Final alla Marcia

Sérénade Op 16 Saint Saëns with Pamela Hurtado piano

Les Larmes de Jacqueline Offenbach with Pamela Hurtado piano

Carmen Fantaisia Buxton Orr with Pamela Hurtado piano

Hindemith cello Works with Pamela Hurtado piano

Haydn cello concerto in D Major

Clara Schumann trio with Lana Trotovsek violin Maria Canyigueral piano

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34

Contact

For futher information, please contact:
Sébastien Hurtaud
sebastienhurtaud@hotmail.com
Skype: Sebastiancello
+33 (0) 608 770 738

Artistic Management USA
Performing Artists International
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Crédits Photos : Jerôme Grognet

Making-of disc Elgar Farr : Alexis Pautler