DOMINIQUE DE WILLIENCOURT
Dominique de Williencourt masterfully represents the French cello school. He reconnects with the great tradition of musicians by asserting himself both as a cellist and as a composer. Advised by Zino Francescatti and disciple of A. Navarra, Ph. Muller, M. Bardon, M. Rostropovitch, he draws inspiration from his unusual travels in the deserts of the Sahara, Central Asia, the United States, India or the Caucasus to compose works with titles evocative: In Tragically Optimistic Memory , is the title of the cello concerto on his 2nd monographic CD on The Russian Influence (EA 1310). In 2019, he projects himself in the composition of an Opera The Apocalypse of Icarus, opus 36 (creation planned for 2024).
Appointed President of the recognized association of public utility “Pour que l’Esprit Vive” from 2006 to 2015, he initiated a place of residence for artists sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, and Musical Meetings at the Abbey of La Prée (36, Indre) with Nicolas Bacri. Musical director, he has organized numerous productions, in particular the Croisières La Musicale de Williencourt-Intermèdes since 1994.
He is a member of the jury of prestigious international competitions, Chostakovich Competition in Russia, Navarra Competition in France and President of the jury of the “Classic strings International Competition” in Dubai in May 2022. He was appointed professor at the CRR conservatory in Paris in 1984 and gives regular master-classes in Japan, the USA, Europe, Russia, China where he was named honorary guest professor in 2016 (Bailu-Sichuan) and, in 2010, honorary cultural citizen of the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine).
He was named Knight of the National Order of Merit. He received the Grand Prix of the Academy of Records, he recorded many masterpieces, including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann… and a vibrant tribute to Debussy in 2018 (EA 1712). A CD of Hebrew Rhapsodies (E. Bloch, M. Bruch, J. Williams) will be released in 2021 (VOC 9585). In September 2021, he recorded his 2nd Complete JS Bach Suites on Radio and live on Bulgarian National Television at the Summer International Festival of Varna (Bulgaria). A LIVE CD is planned for 2023.