Edgar Moreau and Jessica Osborne Artists' Bio

Edgar Moreau 

“The rising star of the French cello,” cellist Edgar Moreau consistently captivates audiences with his effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances (Le Figaro Magazine).  Mr. Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, was awarded six concert prizes at the YCA Auditions, and is recipient of the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship of YCA.  He has been selected as one of the European Concert Hall Organization’s 2016-2017 Rising Stars, and will embark upon a European tour of more than a dozen major concert halls including Barbican, Concertgebouw and Musikverein.  His album of Baroque concertos with Il Pomo D’Oro was released last season on the Warner Classics label. At the 2016 ECHO KLASSIK awards, Mr. Moreau received the Prize for Newcomer for his CD release Giovincello on ERATO (Warner Classics). His playing is also included on Erato/Warner Classic’s release of a new Debussy “Sonatas & Trios” recording to mark the centennial of the composer’s death.

Edgar Moreau has performed concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and recitals at La Jolla Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Artist Series Concerts in Sarasota, SILL Music Mondays, Candlelight Concert Society, and the Embassy of France.  He has also performed in the U.S. at the Harriman-Jewel Series, Missouri State University, the Center for Arts in Natick, the Port Washington Library, Congregation Rodef Shalom, the Levine School of Music, the Embassy Series, and at Merkin Concert Hall, where he made his New York recital debut in the Young Concert Artists Series.

He has soloed with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Poland (Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Myung-Whun Chung, conductor), the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra in Toulouse (under Valery Gergiev), the Orchestre National de France in Paris, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (under Jean-Claude Casadesus), the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, and in Asia with the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 

At the age of 17, he captured Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev.  In 2013, he was named “New Talent of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in France, and in 2015, he was named “Solo Instrumentalist of the Year.”  As recipient of the 2015 Arthur Waser Award, he receives a grant of CHF 25,000 and makes his debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

Born in 1994 in Paris, Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four and the piano at six.  He studied with Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and currently works with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy.  His first CD, “Play,” a collection of short pieces, is available on Warner Classics label.  He plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711. 

 

Jessica Osborne 

Hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Xylina Osborne is one of the most intensely expressive and passionate artists of her generation. An avid soloist, collaborator, chamber musician, and teacher, Dr. Osborne has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished performing musicians and has performed widely in the United States, Europe, and Far East, including performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Seoul Arts Center. Radio broadcasts include performances on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with the eminent violinist Hilary Hahn, Performance Today, WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists’ Showcase in New York, and WGMS in Washington, D.C., among others. Dr. Osborne is a laureate of international piano competitions worldwide, including the Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Piano Competition, the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. This season, Dr. Osborne presents an ambitious program featuring music to be performed in the salon, juxtaposing little-performed works by women composers with more familiar selections.

Dr. Osborne received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Yale University in 2016. She currently resides in New York City, where she is Artist Faculty at Third Street Music Settlement.

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